Government Needs to Back Shift to Private Rooms in Nursing Homes

June 26, 2021

In a comprehensive review of research surrounding room occupancy at long-term care facilities during the pandemic, evidence suggests single-resident rooms keep patients healthier, happier and is their desired option moving forward.

Converting multi-resident rooms to single-resident rooms is expected to require initial investments in reconstruction and higher ongoing operating and capital costs, but researchers with Michigan-based consulting firm Health Management Associates believe it’s time for organizations like the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to step up.

“As the lead federal agency overseeing nursing home quality and safety, CMS should participate in discussions around single-resident rooms and their benefits and costs, as part of nursing home reform,” a report from Health Management Associates says.

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