Skilled Nursing News May 21, 2024
Amy Stulick

In a recent move to increase transparency in the nursing home industry, one state attorney is taking on operating giant The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG), with plans to invalidate secret arbitration and block any similar agreements in the future.

Kris Mayes, Arizona Attorney General, is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit involving Sun West Choice Health and Rehab, which had required the family of a resident to agree to keep any arbitration secret. Ensign is the parent company of Sun West, according to a report from AZ Central, and owns about 30% of Arizona’s nursing home beds.

Mayes said the state legislature banned such secrecy clauses “decades ago,” but facilities were using them anyway. The legislature passed the Adult Protective...

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