Biden Administration announces new minimum staffing levels for nursing homes

On April 22, 2024, the Biden administration announced new minimum staffing levels for nursing home, which establishes comprehensive requirements and requires facilities to have a registered nurse on site at all times.

The recently proposed federal minimum staffing mandate for nursing homes in the United States aims to address longstanding issues of inadequate care by ensuring sufficient staff levels to meet residents’ needs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has put forth a requirement for nursing homes receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to provide at least 3.48 hours of nursing care per resident per day, including a minimum of 0.55 hours from a registered nurse. This initiative is part of a broader effort to improve the quality of care and accountability within nursing home facilities​.

The mandate stems from concerns highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed significant deficiencies in nursing home care. Advocates have long argued that insufficient staffing leads to poor outcomes for residents, including neglect and substandard care.

This new staffing mandate is a critical step toward ensuring that residents receive the attention and care they deserve. At Johnson Moore we firmly believe that your loved one deserves the highest standards of care and safety. Ensuring proper staffing in nursing homes is a critical step towards achieving this goal. If you have any concerns about your loved one’s care and safety in a nursing home, please contact us for a free consultation.



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