OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON QUALITY OF CARE IN NURSING HOMES & ASSISTED-LIVING FACILITIES

Chair: Rona E. Kramer, Secretary of Aging


[photo, 301 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland] Appointed by Senate President: Pamela G. Beidle; Adelaide C. Eckardt.

Appointed by House Speaker: Lisa M. Belcastro; Kenneth P. Kerr.

Appointed by State Long-Term Care Ombudsman: Mia K. Brust; Beverly A. Mlynar; Joanne L. Smikle, Ph.D.; one vacancy.

Appointed by President, Maryland Association of Area Agencies on Aging: Odile Brunetto, Ed.D.; Karen Sylvester.

301 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, October 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Representing AARP, Maryland Chapter: Phyllis Meyerson

Representing Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter: Eric Colchamiro

Representing assisted living industry: Steven W. Bloyd; Heather Zeiss; one vacancy.

Representing Health Facilities Association of Maryland: Hope Morris

Representing Hospice Network of Maryland: one vacancy

Representing Maryland Association of Adult Day Services: Afshin Abedi

Representing Maryland Hospital Association: one vacancy

Representing Mental Health Association of Maryland: Kimberly C. Burton

Representing Mid-Atlantic LifeSpan: Kathy Graning

Representing 1199 SEIU United Health Workers East: Claudia Balog

Representing United Seniors of Maryland: Virginia G. Crespo

Representing Voices for Quality Care: Lorrie S. Van Akkeren

Ex officio: Kirsten C. Robb-McGrath, designee of Secretary of Disabilities; David Cherry, designee of Secretary of Health; Stefani R. O'Dea, designee of Deputy Secretary, Behavioral Health, Dept. of Health; Valarie R. Colmore, designee of Secretary of Human Services; Patricia T. Nay, M.D., Director, Office of Health Care Quality, Dept. of Health; Stevanne A. Ellis, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Staff: Alexandra Baldi

c/o Office of Secretary, Department of Aging
301 West Preston St., Suite 1007, Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-1102; fax: (410) 333-7943
e-mail: alexandra.baldi@maryland.gov
web: https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/OversightCommittee.aspx


Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 1 (Chapter 216, Acts of 2000).

In October 2000, the Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted-Living Facilities originated when the General Assembly established the Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes (Chapter 216, Acts of 2000). The Committee adopted its present name on October 1, 2005 (Chapter 400, Acts of 2005).

The Committee evaluates progress in improving the quality of nursing home and assisted-living facility care statewide.

From the Maryland Department of Health, the Deputy Secretary of Health Care Financing reports annually to the Committee on the status of the Medicaid Nursing Home Reimbursement System. Also, annually, the Office of Health Care Quality in the Maryland Department of Health reports to the Committee on the status of quality of care in nursing homes. As the Committee reviews these reports, it develops further proposals on how to improve nursing home and assisted-living facility care (Code Health-General Article, sec. 19-1409).

In addition to its original charge, the Committee also may consider: staff training and development; the rights of residents; data on resident satisfaction; resident assessments; resident care planning; monitoring of residents; and the change of resident status (Chapter 473, Acts of 2018). Further, the Committee may review legislation and proposed regulations that may affect nursing home and assisted living facility care, and make recommendations both to the General Assembly and the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review.

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