‘Three-Strikes’ Law Proposed for Nursing Homes in Texas

August 18, 2014

Texas nursing homes that thrice commit egregious oversight offenses could be shuttered under a plan proposed by state lawmakers.

The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recommended the crackdown at its recent meeting in Austin, local media outlets reported. The proposal urges the Legislature to require the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to rescind the license of any nursing home with at least three of the gravest violations over a two-year period.

State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, proposed the new rules. He said the proposal would only target “the worst of the worst” facilities. He said only seven of the state’s 1,200 nursing homes would be shuttered under such a law.

Schwertner said a three-strikes law would help Texas move quicker with its regulations than the federal authorities. He said a facility in his district was closed in late July after losing federal funding.

“I’m tired of getting trumped by the fed government,” said Schwertner. “I think the state needs to protect its own citizens.”

State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, said a “three-strikes” law could force the state to act too quickly.

“If there’s a nursing home out there that’s making substantial progress toward correcting it,” Dutton said, “I don’t know why we would simply just revoke their license at that point.”

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  • August 19, 2014 at 8:53 am
    txmouthbreatherboogereatertx says:
    This truly is horrible news. If we shut these facilities down, where will we put Agent next year?
  • August 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm
    Huh! says:
    “If there’s a nursing home out there that’s making substantial progress toward correcting it,” Dutton said, “I don’t know why we would simply just revoke their lic... read more
  • August 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm
    Scott says:
    Me thinks the Democrat's true pushback is to save his fellow "caring" attorneys their ability to sue.
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