Nursing home managers have long battled for the right to sell the homes they oversee.
Now, they may have one less obstacle to fighting for: The federal government.
On Friday, the Obama administration issued a regulation that requires nursing homes to post their closing prices to the National Register of Historic Places, a federal law that gives historic properties more protection.
Nursing Homes and Hospitals, a nonprofit group that represents nursing homes and hospices, applauded the regulation, which will help nursing homes “make sure their patients are not priced out of their homes and are able to continue to care for their loved ones.”
“It’s important that nursing homes have access to affordable care for the families they serve, but it is also critical that we remain vigilant against potential abuses of this historic property designation,” said Andrea Coughlin, president and CEO of the group.
The regulation will apply to more than 20,000 nursing homes in Indiana.
The nursing homes group said that more than a quarter of all nursing homes that are on the National Registry are privately managed.
The group said it has collected more than 8,000 signatures from people who want the nursing homes on the list to be able to sell.
It has filed a lawsuit to have the list published, but that action is currently on hold.
The Trump administration has said that the federal government can take action against nursing homes if they violate the National Historic Preservation Act.
The rule applies to homes in counties that have at least 25,000 residents.
But in most of Indiana, that number is far less than that.
The rule requires that nursing home managers be able provide at least 50 percent of the housing stock for each resident.
The government can also take action if a nursing home has violated the law more than once, and it can fine the owners up to $100,000.
The regulation says that if a property owner is not in compliance with the rule, they will be prohibited from using their nursing home for 10 years, regardless of whether the nursing home was in violation for more than one year.
If the owner is able to comply with the law, they would have to pay a fine of $100 per violation.
The federal government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.