Get the pop­corn ready

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Res­i­dents of nurs­ing homes once again can safely watch “Space Cow­boys,” “The Bucket List,” or any DVD movie they dang please now that an agree­ment has been struck with the Mo­tion Pic­ture Li­cens­ing Corp.

The prob­lem re­gard­ing movie view­ing in nurs­ing homes first sur­faced in the early 1990s when the li­cens­ing col­lec­tion agent for the movie in­dus­try started billing nurs­ing homes for the movies they were watch­ing. Un­sur­pris­ingly, the pub­lic—and Congress—didn’t like that too much and an agree­ment was ham­mered out leav­ing nurs­ing homes off the hook, says Dianne De La Mare, vice pres­i­dent of reg­u­la­tory af­fairs for the Amer­i­can Health Care As­so­ci­a­tion, a nurs­ing home group.

Even though that agree­ment ex­pired in 2000, nurs­ing homes re­mained safe from the li­cens­ing cor­po­ra­tion’s fee re­quests un­til re­cently, with the MPLC un­happy that such places as con­tin­u­ing-care re­tire­ment com­mu­ni­ties were show­ing movies on closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion.

Now, an­other agree­ment has been reached be­tween the MPLC, the AHCA, Lead­ingAge and the Na­tional Cen­ter for As­sisted Liv­ing that leaves nurs­ing homes and as­sisted-liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties off the hook for li­cens­ing fees of movies shown in com­mon rooms. With­out get­ting into too much de­tail, ev­ery­one else has to pay some­thing, de­pend­ing on the fa­cil­i­ties’ size, the wealth of the res­i­dents and where it’s be­ing watched.

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