Legislative Measure to Overturn Nursing Home Staffing Rule May Have Enough Votes and Bipartisan Support to Pass

The joint resolutions introduced under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the minimum staffing rule have enough votes in both the Senate and the House, and could pass. This is according to at least two news outlets, including The Hill and Axios. “The Senate measure, led by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) […]

‘Stop the Mandate’: Following Congressional Briefing, Nursing Home Leaders Unite to Defeat Staffing Rule

Nursing home leaders convened in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to present a unified stance against the federal staffing mandate, which they argue could exacerbate existing challenges in long-term care facilities.  The gathering follows a Congressional Briefing by American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) at the week’s start, and saw key figures from […]

Sen. Casey’s Workforce Bill Aims To Provide $320B, Seen as Funding Mechanism for Nursing Home Staffing Rule

As part of already proposed legislation, U.S. Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is pushing for an injection of billions of dollars to increase the direct care workforce and improve pay. Casey’s Long-Term Care Workforce Support Act could be viewed as a funding mechanism for the Biden administration’s federal nursing home staffing mandate, which would […]

Maine DHHS Scrutinized for Lax Oversight of Nursing Home Elopement Amid National Regulatory Crackdown

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has come under scrutiny for its oversight of nursing facilities, particularly regarding incidents of resident elopement – a problem that continues to impact facilities across the nation. Judging by Maine’s example, elopement is a tricky problem to tackle, and existence of tough regulation alone isn’t addressing […]

Nursing Home Leaders Using ‘All the Tools Available’ in Aggressive Push to Halt CMS Staffing Mandate

LeadingAge joins a slew of other nursing home industry voices in urging a multi-faceted strategy following the finalization of the federal minimum staffing rule a month ago. The advocacy group is pursuing legislative, legal and regulatory avenues to stop the mandate and build the workforce. Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, said, “We […]

LTC100 Panelists Weigh in on CMS Staffing Rule’s ‘Bloodbath’, Growth Strategies, and Risk-Based Model Reimbursement

If there’s no additional funding for the minimum staffing rule, well over 5% of existing facilities will close, depending on how successfully operators can pivot to meet the standard. The rates of closure may even reach 10% to 15%, depending on the market, cautioned sector leaders attending the LTC100 conference this week. Steve Nee, CEO […]

Nursing Homes Could Challenge Staffing Mandate Via Legal, Congressional, and Funding Routes

Nursing home operators are exploring various avenues to challenge or block the mandate, including legal action, congressional review, and leveraging the appropriations process. “We will vigorously defend our nursing home members by any means necessary,” Rachel Reeves, spokesperson for the American Health Care Association (AHCA) said in a statement to Bloomberg Law. “We are exploring […]

White House Announces Nursing Home Minimum Staffing Rule Finalized

Editor’s note: Please click here for more complete coverage of this story. The nursing home minimum staffing rule has been finalized, impacting all nursing homes that receive federal funding through Medicare and Medicaid, according to an announcement from the White House. The rule mandates a minimum of 3.48 hours per resident per day of total […]

Senate Hearing Focuses on Long-Term Care Worker Woes, But Provider Groups Say Related Bill ‘Misses the Mark’

Federal lawmakers have introduced the Long-Term Care Workforce Support Act, in conjunction with a hearing that took place Tuesday, hosted by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. The bill, if passed, would increase the number of direct care professionals, including in rural communities. Some associations representing the nursing home industry said the legislation managed […]

As Congress Unveils Spending Bill, HHS’ Becerra Defends $130.7B 2025 Budget, Nursing Home Staffing Mandate

Congressional leaders released on Thursday bipartisan fiscal appropriations bills for 2024 totaling $1.2 trillion in funding, including for health care. Ahead of it, two House panels grilled the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra on Wednesday during hearings on White House’s fiscal 2025 budget proposal for the department. Becerra addressed lawmaker’s […]

Leaving Money on the Table: Nursing Home Appraisals, if Adopted by Legislators, Could Bolster Medicaid Reimbursement

As so many in the nursing home space focus on Medicaid reimbursement, others are taking a closer look at improving rate setting methodology and how it can be optimized for facilities. Medicaid rates are in part influenced by fair rental value, which is determined after experienced housing experts perform an in-depth market valuation on the […]

Nursing Home Use of Ancillary Businesses Spur State Action on Financial Transparency – With Forensic Audits

As financial transparency continues to be one of the top nursing home reform initiatives of state and federal officials, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has taken this push one step further with the potential use of forensic audits. Gov. Lamont introduced a bill to authorize the use of forensic audits when the state Department of Social […]

Senators Blast Nursing Homes’ Staffing Proposal in Finance Meeting, Citing Lack of Funding, Staff

Some Republican senators blasted the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) minimum staffing proposal for nursing homes in a recent finance committee meeting, noting the paltry $75 million to bolster staffing isn’t enough to support upcoming regulations. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) pointed out that four of five facilities won’t be able to comply with […]

Nebraska Lawmakers Pursue Amendment for Millions in Federal Funds to Save Nursing Homes

State lawmakers in Nebraska are working on an amendment to secure millions in extra federal funds to prevent skilled nursing facilities from closing, according to an article in the Nebraska Examiner. The move comes amidst closures of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, particularly in rural areas across the U.S. The proposed amendment, spearheaded by […]

House Advances Legislation To Block Nursing Home Federal Staffing Proposal 

Legislation to block the federal minimum staffing proposal for nursing homes reached a milestone today, passing in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. The Protecting America’s Seniors’ Access to Care Act (H.R. 7513) was first introduced by Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) and would prevent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from finalizing […]

Thousands of Nursing Home Leaders Pen Letter to Congress, Again Urging Rejection of Federal Staffing Proposal

More than 1,000 nursing home leaders, along with associations like LeadingAge and the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), sent a joint letter to House Ways and Means Committee leaders to reject the federal minimum staffing proposal. The letter, spearheaded by AHCA/NCAL, was sent late Thursday and signed by state […]

AHCA’s Clif Porter: Nursing Home Staffing Proposal May Be Finalized in Summer, Felt Like an Unpleasant ‘Bucket of Cold Water’

CMS isn’t expected to finalize the minimum staffing proposal until the summer at the earliest, with the agency having to wade through more than 40,000 comments before moving forward with the rule. The voices of skilled nursing providers, along with coalition partners like the American Hospital Association, will hopefully have been heard by CMS and […]