Effort to boost oral health in nursing homes gets tangled up with industry’s attempt to insulate itself from lawsuits; both bills die

A bill to get nursing-home residents better dental services “appears to be dead after the Senate added language from another bill designed to shield the nursing-home industry from litigation,” Deborah Yetter reports for The Courier-Journal.

House Bill 510 would have created a pilot project for the state’s two dental schools to create “a program to provide better oral-health services to nursing home residents,” Yetter writes. “But on Wednesday, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee added language from another bill that had stalled in the House that would require people who want to file malpractice lawsuits against nursing homes to first submit the complaint to a ‘medical review panel’.” (Read more

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