AHCA’s Parkinson: Unfunded Federal Staffing Mandate Would Be ‘Lights Out’ For Nursing Homes Across The Country

August 22, 2022

The federal government provided relief to the nursing home industry in the form of a phased-in parity adjustment and a 2.7% pay bump, but a potentially enormous obstacle still stands in the way of the sector’s recovery.

While many industry leaders believe a federal staffing ratio is all but guaranteed, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has remained tightlipped on what exactly that might look like.

An unfunded daily minimum standard of 4.1 hours would put essentially every nursing home building in the country out of compliance, American Health Care Association President and CEO Mark Parkinson warned.

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