New law requires reports on conditions of veterans' homes

The conditions of Michigan’s veterans’ homes will be evaluated and reported on more frequently under legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The legislation outlines specific reporting requirements for state agencies to implement when evaluating the conditions of veterans’ homes, including:

• Staffing levels and the extent to which staffing levels do or do not meet industry standards.

• Number of patient complaints, average time to review a complaint and respond, and response to each complaint.

• Timeliness of distribution of pharmaceutical drugs.

• Security provided for pharmaceutical drugs in the facility, including the title of the individuals providing the security.

• How patient money is accounted for, including the name and title of the individual who supervises patient spending accounts.

• Number of facility resident deaths that occurred since the most recent report.