PA DOH Announces Public Comment Period for Latest Proposed Regulations to Improve Skilled Nursing Facility Care

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2022

This week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced a public comment period for the latest proposed regulations to improve skilled nursing facility care. 

Now through Sunday, April 17th, all interested stakeholders may comment on a package of proposed regulations concerning the licensure requirements for skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DoH) published the proposed regulations in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 19th, opening a 30-day public comment period.

Per DoH, these regulations are intended to help ensure that potential owners of skilled nursing facilities are thoroughly vetted. DoH also intends for the regulations to align the state’s regulations with federal regulations and increase the amount of information that licensure applicants must provide to operate a new facility or take ownership of an existing facility.

If enacted, the proposed regulations will:

  • Apply to the 685 DoH-licensed long-term care nursing facilities that provide skilled nursing care and/or intermediate nursing care.
  • Apply to licenses requested for new facilities and changes of ownership for existing facilities.
  • Increase the frequency of required facility assessments.
  • Add bed bugs to the list of reportable diseases.
  • Update requirements related to the prevention of tuberculosis.

This proposed package comprises the third of four packages of proposed regulations concerning long-term care facilities. DoH will convene meetings with stakeholders concerning the proposals following this public comment period.  

Comments may be submitted to DoH via email to RA-DHLTCRegs@pa.gov.

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