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Third Nursing Law: New bill in the criticism

Wednesday, the 29.06.16 , written by Christian Hafler The Federal Cabinet yesterday approved the draft of the Third Nursing Act. After the first two stages of the law, care should now be better organized and controlled. While the government emphasizes the fight against billing fraud in care services, social and disability associations fear discrimination for those in need of care.  Third Nursing Act: against fraud in nursing

The Federal Cabinet has agreed on Tuesday on a draft for the Third Nursing Act . Having agreed on increased care benefits and a new concept of care in the first two stages of the law, it is now about better organized and controlled care . Following the scandal surrounding fraudulent care services, the Federal Government has taken various measures to combat billing fraud in the Third Welfare Act (PSG III).

According to this, the medical service of the health insurance (MDK) is to receive in the future extended powers in the control of ambulatory care providers. While old-age care services have so far been reviewed by the MDK, providers specializing in home care must now expect unannounced inspections . In addition, the MDK has more options for billing auditing.

Third Nursing Act: Better infrastructure throughout Germany

In general, the Third Nursing Act provides for an improvement in the quality of care and care in Germany . For this purpose, the long-term care funds will in future be involved in committees dealing with the supply infrastructure. For example, it should be ensured that sufficient care facilities and services are also available in rural areas . Furthermore, people in need of care and relatives have better access to counseling opportunities.

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Advice for people in need of care: More offers through the new Nursing Welfare Act

With the PSG III, improvements in the provision of advice to those in need of care are foreseen. Often, those affected and relatives are insecure, especially in the case of a new care situation, and do not know which services they can use or which care options are available to them. The municipalities should therefore set up nursing homes in the next five years. In addition, counseling centers are planned in up to 60 districts or independent cities.

Third Pflegestärkungsgesetz brings not only improvements

The Nursing Laws serve to ensure long-term care for all those in need. However, the current bill is also in the criticism. Pia Zimmermann, nursing policy spokeswoman for the Left Party in the Bundestag, accuses the Federal Government of promoting two-class care : “The Federal Government remains faithful to the erosion of the welfare state, including the Nursing Welfare Act III. This law creates new differences in treatment. Savings will be made to the poor again. “

Among other things, her criticism relates to a new provision in relation to the so-called integration aid , which provides benefits for medical rehabilitation, participation in working life and participation in life in society, if no other institution is responsible for this. These benefits are treated as subordinate to the benefits under the bill. This means, for example, that people with disabilities who depend on care services can be denied partial hire services in the future .

Handicapped assistance is shocked by the Third Nursing Act

There is also criticism from the Federal Association of Protestant Disability Assistance (BeB). According to the controversial Law on Participation, the current draft of the Nursing Welfare Act is also considered to be discrimination against people with disabilities . The BeB is shocked that the benefits from long-term care insurance for people with disabilities who live in community-run residential communities are being cut from 1,612 euros to a maximum of 266 euros per month . “The opportunities to live outpatient care will be significantly impaired, especially for people with high levels of support. Without this funding, they risk losing their homes. “

Municipalities must be allowed to decide more

Zimmermann also complains that the municipalities are given too few opportunities to actively participate in the care provision . “The desired strengthening of the municipalities would be a much-needed step. Reduced to a model initiative for better advice and non-binding voice, this goal is not achieved. Municipalities must be able to plan, design and secure a good, local care themselves. People in need of care, caregivers and nurses really need to be able to influence decisions, “says Zimmermann.

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