New nursing home rules coming in Pa. are being kept secret as COVID-19 roils the industry

Pennsylvania is in the midst of revising its nursing home regulations for the first time since the late 1990s in a process that started long before the coronavirus pandemic swept through the state’s nearly 700 facilities. That worries advocates for the elderly who say they have been in the dark about what the state is planning and want to ensure that the new rules help prevent future pandemics from being so devastating to the long-term care facilities. “We should take what we learned from COVID-19, and we should strengthen our regulations accordingly, especially in the areas of staffing and in…

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