Benziga had an article about the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) submitted a NAELA letter to CMS urging the agency to withdraw its new proposal to allow forced arbitration provisions in nursing home admission contracts to prohibit a trial by jury. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age.
“It’s very disheartening to see CMS’s about-face. The truth is individuals who need nursing home care are often under extreme duress to get admitted and cannot imagine they will be subject to the opposite: physical violence, sexual abuse, or extreme neglect when they arrive,” said NAELA President Hyman G. Darling, CELA, CAP.
According to the letter, “if CMS cannot elucidate a precise reason as to why residents would now be better off giving up their rights before they might fully realize what they have lost, it cannot categorize this reversal as an improvement over anything.”