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Senate Proceeding on Mar 19th, 2009 :: 4:21:05 to 4:24:45
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Herb Kohl

4:21:02 to 4:21:23( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: madam president, i yield the floor. senator from wisconsin. mr. kohl: unanimous consent to speak in morning business for up to five minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. kohl: i rise to introduce

Herb Kohl

4:21:05 to 4:24:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Herb Kohl

Herb Kohl

4:21:24 to 4:21:45( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: the trance parpbi and improvement -- transparency and improvement act of 2009. as chairman of the special committee on aging, the quality of care that is provided to nursing home residents is of great concern proud to be introducing this bill with senator grassley today. i have worked with senator

Herb Kohl

4:21:46 to 4:22:07( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: grassl for several years. we have commissioned g.a.o. reports, sought input from both instry and reform advocates, and we've collaborated with the executive branch on various initiatives. this work has generated some positive results such as the government's new five-star nursing home rating system. but we must do more.

Herb Kohl

4:22:08 to 4:22:29( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: we believe the bill we introduce today will raise the bar for nursing home quality and ovsight nat strengthening the federal government's ability to monitor and advance the level of care provided in nursing homes. first, our bill would give the government better tools for enforcing high-quality standards. for instance, nursing homes would be

Herb Kohl

4:22:30 to 4:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: information about all the principal business partners who play a role in the financi and management of the facilities so that the government can hold them accountable in the case of poor neglect -- poor care or neglect. it would also create a national independent monitor pilot program to tackle safety issues that must be addressed at the

Herb Kohl

4:22:52 to 4:23:14( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: level of corporate management. and, second, our bill would give consumers more information about individual nursing homes and their track record of care. our bill wou access to the facilities most recent health and safety report online and would develop a simple standardized online complaint form for residents and their families to ensure that

Herb Kohl

4:23:15 to 4:23:36( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: their concerns are swiftly addressed. and it would require the government to collect staffing information from nursing homes on a real time basis and make this information available to the public. finally, our bill would encourage homes to improve on their own. under this bill, facilities would develop compliance and ethics programs to decrease the

Herb Kohl

4:23:37 to 4:23:57( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: risk of financial fraud and quality assurance standards to internally monitor the quality of care provided to residents. we also authorize funds f a national demonstration project on culture change. a new math style -- management style and nursing home care that rethinks relationships between management and front line workers by empowering nursing

Herb Kohl

4:23:58 to 4:24:18( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: aides to take charge ofhe perpblgzed care of -- personalized care of residents. our bill makes an investment in nursing home staff by offering training on how to handle residents with die men which -- dementia. 22 years passed since congress last addressed the safety and quality of america's nursing homes in a comprehensive way.

Herb Kohl

4:24:19 to 4:24:39( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: as we prepare to debate reforms across our health-care there's never been a better time to implement these critical improvements to our nation's system of nursing homes, and we ask -- both senator grassley and i -- we ask our colleagues for their support. and i turn now to senator grassley, who has diligently with the great

Herb Kohl

4:24:40 to 4:24:45( Edit History Discussion )

Herb Kohl: effort, with tremendous results. he's a man that i have enjoyed working with now across the

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