Public Hearing on State contract with Credentia providing testing for Certified Nurse Aides

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room 1

AGENDA

Public Hearing on State contract with Credentia providing testing for Certified Nurse Aides

Schedule

10:30 – Opening Remarks

  • Senator Michele Brooks, Majority Chair, Health & Human Services
  • Senator Maria Collett, Minority Chair, Aging & Youth
  • Senator Art Haywood, Minority Chair, Health & Human Services

10:40 – Panel

  • Jennifer Mankowski, BSN, RN
    Executive VP Program Management & Development, Credentia – Testimony
  • Zach Shamberg
    President & CEO, Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) – Testimony
  • Kerri Kubalak
    DCW Heroes Program Manager, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) – Testimony
  • Zach Zobrist
    Director of Workforce Development, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania – Testimony

11:00 – Questions and Open Discussion

11:30 – Recess to the Call of the Chair

Additional Testimony

Department of Human Services, Department of Health and Department of Education – Joint Testimony

Meeting to consider SB 1227, SB 1229, HB 2426

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1227, SB 1229, HB 2426

Schedule

  • SB 1227 (BAKER): Amends Act 21 of 1967, the Human Services Code, to make its mandates covering the provision of services for dependent and delinquent juveniles consistent with those of the Juvenile Act.
    • Amendment A04740 (BAKER): Makes technical changes to the bill. 
  • SB 1229 (BAKER): Amends Act 21 of 1967, the Human Services Code, to add the cost of counsel to the list of costs for which the Department of Human Services is to reimburse counties in juvenile proceedings.
  • HB 2426 (HICKERNELL): Amends Title 67 (Public Welfare) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by incorporating the provisions of Act 68 of 2005, the Resource Family and Adoption Process Act, and Act 73 of 2005, the Resource Family Care Act. The Department of Human Services is directed to promulgate regulations to ensure compliance. 

Meeting to consider HB 1731, HB 1866, and HB 2214

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B

Agenda

Meeting to consider HB 1731, HB 1866, and HB 2214

Schedule

  • HB 1731 (MIZGORSKI): Directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee on Greater Father Involvement within the Commission.
  • HB 1866 (BOBACK): Amends Title 42 (Judiciary) and Title 67 (Public Welfare) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to enhance permanency planning and improve outcomes for older youth in the foster care system. The bill clarifies the expectations that services, including counseling, must meet. The goal is to ensure that these services are effective in the development and support of permanency goals for youth in the system. It codifies practices from various statutory and court procedural sources to update and improve the foster system, particularly for older youths. It also makes editorial and organizational changes to Title 67.
  • HB 2214 (KLUNK): Adds a new section to Title 67 (Public Welfare) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes that renders unenforceable certain indemnification clauses in government contracts between county children and youth agencies and entities that provide children and youth services regulated under Title 55, Part V of the Pennsylvania Code.

 

Meeting to consider SR 288

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

May 24, 2022 | 11 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Meeting to consider SR 288

Schedule

  • SR 288, sponsored by Senator Judy Ward, directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study of the wage rates for staff and contract nurses, as well as the rates charged by staffing agencies to provide those nurses. It will also look at the increase in wages from 2018 through today and measure it against the rate of inflation. The ratio of staff nurses to contract nurses will also be studied, as well as whether the facilities experienced an increase in the need for staff members with specific expertise or certification. The study is to be completed and submitted to the Senate within seven months.
    • Amendment A04225 (Collett) This amendment expands the study by directing the Joint State Government Commission to study wage rates for nursing facility administrators; any increase in wages paid to nursing facility administrators as compared to the nation’s inflation rate from 2018 through today; payments made by facilities to any corporate-related entities, including any parent or subsidiary corporation with a direct or indirect controlling in the facility’s operation; rent payments owed by facilities and increases in rents paid from 2018 through today, including whether the rent payments were made to a corporation or an entity related to the shareholders of the long-term care facility; and an analysis of changes in rent payments by the long-term care facility as compared to the national trends in rent increases over the same time period.

Meeting to consider HB1737, HB 996 and SB 936

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Monday, January 24, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


AGENDA

Meeting to consider HB1737, HB 996 and SB 936

SCHEDULE

  • HB 1737, sponsored by Representative Flood, amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to give a county agency investigating a child abuse case the ability to seek a court order to compel drug and alcohol testing.
  • HB 996, sponsored by Representative Davanzo, creates the free-standing Religious Liberty in Long-Term Care Facilities Act, which directs the Department of Health to develop protocols, in conjunction with the Department of Human Services, that will allow members of the clergy to have access to long-term care facilities during a disaster emergency.
  • SB 936, sponsored by Senator Boscola, amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to mandate that the Department of Human Services compile information and prepare a report of infants born with an addiction to opioids or other illegal substances within the Commonwealth.

Meeting to consider HB 291, HB 1260, and HB 1650

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 12:00 noon

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


Agenda

Meeting to consider HB 291, HB 1260, and HB 1650

  • HB 291, introduced by Representative Labs, extends the current Social Security COLA moratorium for PACE and PACENET cardholders from December 31, 2021 to December 31, 2023. 
  • HB 1260, introduced by Representative Thomas, modernizes the income eligibility limits for the PACE and PACENET programs. 
  • HB 1650, introduced by Representative Delozier and Representative DeLissio, makes editorial changes to Title 67 (Public Welfare) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

Meeting to consider bills

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


To consider the following bills:

  • HB 1082, sponsored by Rep. Lewis DelRosso, requires the Department of Health to establish and maintain an Early Detection and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Disorder Toolkit for the purpose of educating primary providers on the importance of an early diagnosis for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. 

 

Senate Committees Begin Examination of Proposed Nursing Home Regulation Changes

(HARRISBURG) – The Senate Health & Human Services Committee and the Aging & Youth Committee today held a joint hearing to examine new regulations for long-term care nursing facilities being proposed by the Wolf Administration.

The committees brought together the Department of Health as well as industry experts and other stakeholders to provide feedback on the proposed regulations, which the administration says is the first in a five-part package of proposed changes that will be combined to create a final, comprehensive regulatory package.

Senator Michele Brooks (R-50), chair of the Health & Human Services Committee

“The goal today is to allow for an open discussion about these proposals. We all appreciate how much our nursing facilities and their staff, nurses and especially the residents and families have been through in the last 18 months plus. The number of stressors, angst and unknowns for these facilities has truly been unimaginable.

“This is the time when we should be breaking through the red tape and reducing bureaucratic mandates, not adding to them. Streamlining processes and reporting will lesson paperwork and increase the time spent on direct care.

“The administration needs to focus on workforce-development strategies to allow the industry to have access to employees needed to continue to provide the wonderful care our loved ones deserve.”

Senator Judy Ward (R-30), chair of the Aging & Youth Committee

“The regulations for long-term care nursing facilities have not been updated since 1999. While there is certainly a need to modernize these regulations, it is critically important that the revisions be reasonable and responsible so that they do not have any unintended consequences on some of our most vulnerable residents.

“Our long-term care facilities are facing significant issues, from dealing with COVID-19 to facing a workforce crisis.  As a nurse, I fully understand the challenges of providing direct care to patients and the need to provide both quality care and a quality of life for residents.  That said, I have real concerns with the proposed regulations

“Implementation of any proposed regulation needs to be based on real world circumstances and it needs to fully involve the long-term care industry, those on the frontline.”

Background

The state Department of Health published the proposed new regulations in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on July 31, 2021 and has until August 2023 to finalize the regulations. The following stakeholders offered testimony and answered questions from committee members during the hearing:

Acting Secretary Alison Beam, Pennsylvania Department of Health

Zach Shamberg, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) – Testimony

Adam Marles, President and CEO, LeadingAge PA – Testimony

Chase Cannon, Executive Director, PA Coalition of Affiliated Healthcare & Living Communities (PACAH) – Testimony

Matt Yarnell, President, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania – Testimony

Diane Menio, Executive Director, Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) – Testimony

Teresa Osborne, Advocacy and Outreach Manager, AARP Pennsylvania – Testimony

The full hearing can be viewed here.

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CONTACT: Diane McNaughton (Brooks)

                  Cheryl Schriner (Ward)

Senate Hearing to Examine New Proposed Nursing Home Regulations

(HARRISBURG) – The Senate Health & Human Services Committee and the Aging & Youth Committee will hold a joint hearing to examine new regulations for long-term care nursing facilities being proposed by the Wolf Administration.

The committees are bringing together the administration as well as industry experts and other stakeholders to provide feedback on the proposed regulations, which the administration says is the first in a series of proposed changes that will be combined to create a final, comprehensive regulatory package.

Who: Committee members as well as Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam, representatives of the long-term care community, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania and those who advocate on behalf of seniors

What: Joint hearing of the Senate Health & Human Services and Aging & Youth committees to examine

When: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2021 

Where: North Office Building, Hearing Room 1. The hearing also will be available live at www.pasenategop.com

 

CONTACT: Diane McNaughton (Brooks)

                      Cheryl Schriner (Ward)

Joint Public hearing to discuss Part 1 of the Dept. of Health’s proposed long-term care nursing facility regulations (#10-221)

JOINT HEARING

Senate Aging & Youth Committee and Senate Health & Human Services Committee

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1


Public hearing to discuss Part 1 of the Dept. of Health’s proposed long-term care nursing facility regulations (#10-221)

AGENDA

10:30 – 10:35 a.m.-  Opening Remarks

Senator Michele Brooks, Majority Chair, Health and Human Services Committee
Senator Art Haywood, Minority Chair, Health and Human Services Committee
Senator Judy Ward, Majority Chair, Aging and Youth Committee
Senator Maria Collett, Minority Chair, Aging and Youth Committee

10:35 – 10:50 a.m. – Introductory Remarks

Acting Secretary Alison Beam, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Zach Shamberg, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) – Testimony
Adam Marles, President and CEO, LeadingAge PA – Testimony
Chase Cannon, Executive Director, PA Coalition of Affiliated Healthcare & Living Communities (PACAH) – Testimony
Matt Yarnell, President, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania – Testimony
Diane Menio, Executive Director, Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) – Testimony
Teresa Osborne, Advocacy and Outreach Manager, AARP Pennsylvania – Testimony

10:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Questions and Open Discussion

12:00 p.m. – Adjournment

Other Documents:

Proposed Long-Term Care Nursing Facilities Regulations (#10-221)

UPMC Senior Communities