Volume XXX, Number 3,
March 2015

Three Strikes Bill heard in Senate Committee

Senate Bill 304, which would impose a “three strikes” standard on Texas nursing homes, received a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on February 25.

The bill would require license revocation of any nursing facility found to have three serious violations determined to be an immediate threat to the health and safety of residents.

The author of SB 304, Senator Charles Schwertner, told the committee his legislation would “place a ceiling on serious violations” in nursing facilities and would be “no problem for quality providers.”

THCA Chairman Ron Payne testified that his members opposed the filed version because of its broad impact.

Geoff Chudleigh, who is the administrator of Sagebrook Health Center in Cedar Park, and Dr. Liam Fry, who is the medical director for several facilities, also testified against SB 304 on THCA’s behalf.

The bill was left pending following the testimony.

THCA and its’ member have been working with Sen. Schwertner’s office and committee members on a compromise that would allow for more discretion in the process. Alternative language is expected to be presented to the committee before it votes on the bill.

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