FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Lawrence Curry
Curry's physician financial disclosure bill advances in the House
Legislation would bring financial transparency to long-term care facilities
HARRISBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Lawrence Curry's bill that would require physicians to disclose their financial or ownership interest in a long-term care facility to current or prospective residents, or their responsible family member or legal representative, was voted favorably from the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee today.
House Bill 2196 is now poised for consideration by the full House.
"Seniors need to know if their doctor has a financial interest in a long-term care facility they are considering so they can make a fully informed decision about where they receive their care," said Curry, Democratic chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee.
The bill was prompted by the real life case of Peggy Rogers. Rogers was a 69-year-old woman who died of undiagnosed breast cancer in 2006 while under the care of her primary care physician, who also owned the personal care home where she lived.
House Bill 2196 is part of a long-term care package being considered by the committee that is designed to protect the health and welfare of senior citizens. Other legislation advanced by the committee today includes: