The fight over nursing home staffing mandates
A fight over nursing home staffing mandates is pitting an industry that was at the epicenter of the pandemic against organized labor and some senior lawmakers in Congress.
The big picture: The Biden administration this spring wants to make every facility have enough adequately trained staff to provide high-quality care. But operators say they can’t hire people out of thin air after COVID-19 hollowed out the long-term care workforce.
- There’s never been a federal requirement for minimum number of staffing hours per resident day, despite numerous studies showing high staffing levels translate to better quality care, according to KFF.