Conservatorship Bill Passes House, 93-0

The House today unanimously approved TBA-backed legislation to reform conservatorship law in Tennessee. The vote came after a last-minute amendment that the Tennessean said would create a new and special path for hospitals to move patients unable to make decisions for themselves into lower cost settings such as nursing homes or rehabilitation faculties. The amended bill tomorrow goes back to the Senate, where Tennessee Bar Association Executive Director Allan Ramsaur expects it to get the support needed for passage. “We worked with the hospitals to find a third way of preserving rights but not requiring them to keep someone in the expensive hospital bed," he said of the amendment. TBA members will be able to learn more about the legislation during a program at the 2013 TBA Convention in Nashville that focuses on changes in the law coming out of the current General Assembly session.