First state analysis shows mass closures under ‘catastrophic’ federal staffing proposal
A proposed federal staffing mandate would force an estimated 4,000 skilled nursing beds out of service in Michigan, according to an analysis by the state’s largest nursing home advocacy group.
The Health Care Association of Michigan surveyed its members and accessed facility statistics through the American Health Care Association’s LTC Tracker to find that 71% of facilities in the state would not meet the proposed staffing rule for certified nurse aides. In addition, 41% of facilities would not be able to meet the requirement to provide 0.55 hours of direct care by a registered nurse and “almost no” facilities are capable of having an RN on duty 24/7.
“It’s a numbers game in that we truly do not have the workers to get back to pre-pandemic levels, let alone meet this proposed staffing mandate,” Melissa Samuel, president of the Michigan association, told McKnight’s Long-Term Care News on Monday.