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Mandatory Abuse Prevention Training in Nursing Homes

As part of the effort toward nursing home transparency and improvement, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires facilities to include dementia management and abuse prevention training as part of pre-employment initial training for permanent and contract or agency staff. The Secretary of Health and Human Services has discretion to require ongoing training programs for dementia management and abuse prevention if determined to be appropriate. The mandatory training provision of the PPACA became effective in March of this year.