Nebraska nursing home association raises concerns about proposed minimum staffing rule

September 17, 2023

A proposed federal minimum staffing rule for nursing homes would worsen seniors’ access to care in Nebraska and result in more closures, according to the president of groups representing the state’s facilities.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this month proposed a new rule that would, for the first time, require nursing homes to ensure that residents receive a minimum number of nursing care hours each day. Facilities also must have a registered nurse on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week and expand resident assessment requirements.

The proposal is billed as a step toward meeting a Biden Administration pledge to ensure that America’s 1.2 million nursing home residents “get the safe, high-quality care that they deserve,” according to a statement by CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure.

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