Nurs­ing home oper­a­tors push back against Biden’s new staffing man­dates

Nursing home operators push back against Biden’s new staffing mandates

Vice Pres­i­dent Kamala Har­ris announced on Mon­day that the Biden admin­is­tra­tion has final­ized the first-ever min­i­mum staffing require­ments for nurs­ing homes. 
The move comes after the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, which saw advo­cates for the elder­ly report­ing poor liv­ing con­di­tions for res­i­dents in which they’d go hours with­out meals and water and were not kept prop­er­ly clean. The pan­dem­ic claimed the lives of more than 167,000 nurs­ing home res­i­dents, and after­ward, there was a dra­mat­ic drop in staffing.
The rule will require all Med­ic­aid- and Medicare-fund­ed facil­i­ties to pro­vide a total of at least 3.48 hours of care per res­i­dent per day. This means that a facil­i­ty with 100 res­i­dents would need at least two or three reg­is­tered nurs­es, 10 or 11 aides, …