The fight over nursing home staffing mandates

May 12, 2023

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.

Read the full story from Axios here.