Nebraska health associations, federal lawmakers criticize nursing home staffing proposal

September 18, 2023

Nebraska health associations and the state’s congressional delegation are pushing back on a proposed federal nursing home staffing rule they said could harm the state’s health care.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a new rule Sept. 1 to ensure that long-term care residents receive a minimum number of daily nursing hours and require a registered nurse to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The rule would also expand resident assessment requirements.

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said in a statement the rule is an “important first step” to hold nursing homes accountable and ensure that residents get the “safe-high quality care that they deserve.”

But that may not be the case for Nebraska, according to Jalene Carpenter, president and CEO of the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association, Nebraska Assisted Living Association and Nebraska Health Care Association.

Read the full story from Nebraska Examiner here.