Group Says Federal Staffing Proposal Would ‘Decimate’ Missouri’s Nursing Homes
The federal government wants to require nursing homes nationwide to boost nursing staff levels, including in Missouri. A proposed rule would require a minimum of 2.45 hours daily per resident for nurse aides, a minimum of 0.55 hours daily per resident for registered nurses, and a registered nurse on site 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
The federal government says the requirements would allow older Americans to age with dignity and provide people with disabilities with high quality care. It says the requirements will hold nursing homes accountable and make sure that residents get safe care.
A group representing about 350 Missouri nursing homes is pushing back on the proposal. Nikki Strong, executive director of the Missouri Health Care Association, said the proposed federal rule does not include additional federal funding.