The Obama administration pushed through nursing home regulations that may now face repeal.
Some elder law advocates have expressed concern that a Republican-controlled Congress may seek to repeal the sweeping new regulations on nursing homes, according to The New York Times in "Nursing Home Residents Gain New Restrictions."
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services attempted to improve care at nursing homes in the fall of 2016. As a result, the Obama administration pushed through new regulations that addressed patient complaints about their nursing homes.
Many of the new regulations address basic quality of life provisions. For instance, they include regulations requiring that patients be allowed to have any visitors they want at any hour as long as the visitors do not disturb other residents and that residents be allowed to choose their own roommates as long as both of them agree.
Some regulations are more controversial, such as not allowing nursing homes to require that residents agree to binding arbitration to settle disputes and changing the rules about readmission to facilities after an extended hospital stay.
Reference: New York Times (Jan. 27, 2017) "Nursing Home Residents Gain New Restrictions."