As SNF staffing mandate inches closer, more lawmakers publicly question its viability
As the clock counts down to the release of the Biden administration’s promised nursing home staffing mandate, providers are hoping that a growing chorus of federal lawmakers opposed to the idea will stem the potential harm.
Sen. Angus King (I-ME) (pictured) pointedly questioned an official from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services about the looming mandate during a hearing last week in the US Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,
“You’re not serving veterans if a home closes because they can’t meet the staffing standards because they can’t find the people,” King said to Jonathan Blum, CMS’ principal deputy administrator. “Let’s get real here. Don’t tell me you’re improving service to veterans when you just said we’re going to see nursing homes close.”