Staffing rule could bring system ‘collapse,’ providers say, but CMS stands firm

September 27, 2023

Nursing homes’ leading lobbying organization unloaded a full, research-backed attack on the viability of the White House’s proposed staffing mandate Tuesday. But the administration was unmoved, and instead doubled down on its commitment to impose first-ever workforce minimums on the beleaguered industry.

American Health Care Association President and CEO Mark Parkinson warned the “whole” US long-term care system would be at risk of “collapse” if the rule were implemented without modifications. 

Without more funding and other changes, operators would have to restrict services and close wings and buildings, setting off a chain reaction that would discharge more than a quarter million patients out of nursing homes, or roughly 26% of the current population, he said.

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