LD-447 is supported by the Maine Medical Directors Association (MMDA) as it also improves the health care business environment for new physicians interested in geriatric and nursing home medicine. The bill also strengthens existing Maine regulations regarding the role of medical directors in facilities owned by nursing home corporations.
The opponents of the bill, primarily the Maine Hospital Association (MHA), opposed the bill based on resulting "administrative burden" and the fact that Maine has existing laws on the issue.
The MaineMDA conducted a survey of Maine nursing facilities to get their perspective on how big the hospital referral issue is and how much of a burden the provisions in the bill would cause. The survey was sent to 107 Maine facilities on Thursday afternoon, March 7, 2013. Below is the survey result.