Idaho House committee approves bill to fine nursing homes

idahocapitol.jpgThe state of Idaho may soon be able to financial punishments levied against nursing home operators for alleged violations.

The House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that authorizing the state to fine nursing home operators up to $1,000, and force operators to reimburse the state for investigation costs if the operators are found guilty of violations.

Currently, the Board of Nursing Home Administrators has the authority to revoke a nursing home’s license, or temporarily suspend it. However, supporters say the new proposal serves to assess that wrongdoer of the costs of their violations, rather than assess the costs of investigations to all licensees.

The measure now heads to the full House for consideration. (

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