Biden Administration Sets Higher Staffing Mandates. Most Nursing Homes Don’t Meet Them.

April 23, 2024

Two older people sitting on a bench, one in a wheelchair

(KFF Health News) – The new rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are the most substantial changes to federal oversight of the nation’s roughly 15,000 nursing homes in more than three decades. But they are less stringent than what patient advocates said was needed to provide high-quality care.

Spurred by disproportionate deaths from covid-19 in long-term care facilities, the rules aim to address perennially sparse staffing that can be a root cause of missed diagnoses, severe bedsores, and frequent falls. (Read More)

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