Unfunded mandate leaves staffing ‘puzzle’ unsolved: researchers

November 1, 2023

Two preeminent skilled nursing researchers are calling for significant changes to a proposed federal staffing mandate that would build on “the rule’s strengths while addressing shortcomings and minimizing unintended consequences.”

In the short term, Harvard healthcare policy expert David Grabowski, PhD, and Scripps Gerontology Center Fellow John Bowblis (pictured), PhD, urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to use a total nurse-hour measure to ensure that licensed practical nurses remain a core component of daily nursing home care.

In the long-term, the researchers encouraged CMS to shorten its implementation window and take a harder look at system-level challenges in paying for nursing home care.

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