The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 1987)


November 17, 2012 by astancilwomack

Other than my activities assistant position right out of high school, I don’t have much experience with nursing homes. So over the next few posts I am going to explore the basic infrastructure of skilled nursing facilities. Today, I would like to discuss the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987. Omnibus budgets are the budgets set forth by the government in order to control spending, and/or lower debt.

This act was signed by President Ronald Regan, and included a section on federal reform for nursing homes. This act set regulations for nursing homes receiving funding from Medicare and Medicaid programs. Considering most patients in nursing homes are over 65 years of age, or disabled this applies to almost all nursing homes. The overall goal was to improve the quality of life of the residents, and improve the quality of care at these facilities. The provisions include:

  • The act required more adequate training for nursing assistants. It mandated 75 hours of training, comprehensive testing, certification, and registration of nursing aides.
  • The act gives the residents the right to stay in the nursing homes, even in absence of payment, or change in medical condition.
  • It prohibits the facility from seeking payment from family members, if care is not covered by Medicare/Medicaid.
  • The act protected residents from unnecessary or unwarranted restraint, either chemical or physical.
  • The law suggests that residents should be able to maintain, if not improve their current physical abilities (i.e. showering, walking, etc.), unless hindered due to medical reasons.
  • The act mandates the facility’s safely maintain or bank using personal funds.
  • The act allows the resident to choose their primary care physician.
  • The resident has the right to return to the facility in cases of hospital stays, or overnight visits with family
  • The act also gives residents and family members the right to join or create councils on behalf of the resident(s).
  • As with all patients, the residents have a right to their medical records.

You can read the whole law at Feel free to leave any comments you may have.




2 thoughts on “The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 1987)

  1. […] I mentioned yesterday , I worked at a nursing home/rehabilitation center as an activities assistant. I definitely had the […]

  2. […] mentioned in my previous post about the 1987 OBRA, the facilities are required to keep a comprehensive assessment of each patient. According to F-tag […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Mandy Stancil-Womack

My name is Mandy Stancil-Womack. I am interested in pursuing a career in medical management. I am learning as much as I can in order to start my career. This page allows me to explore different aspects of medical administration.

Previous Posts

%d bloggers like this: