Thursday, November 21, 2013

New HUD Rule for Minor Skilled Nursing Care Center Repairs and Renovations

By Dana Halvorson

On November 15, 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a new rule in the Federal Register that eases regulations for minor skilled nursing care center repairs and renovations.  In the past, HUD-financed skilled nursing care centers located in at-risk flooding areas faced an eight-step process prior to undertaking physical plant improvements.  These centers now have the option of a five-step process under this final rule.  According to the rule, the eight-step process is meant to ensure that risks to facilities and potentially negative effects to wetlands are minimized in any building project.  The new five-step process enables facilities to minimize these same risks and negative effects more efficiently, easing the process in particular for those facilities that want to correct minor improvements or light damages.

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