Shift from Biden to Harris Unlikely to Rattle Staffing Mandate, as Unions Remain Strong Supporters

Following President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 presidential race, leaders in the nursing home space say there likely won’t be any change to the federal minimum staffing mandate or lawsuit given an ongoing strong connection with unions. Biden endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris to run in his place. On Monday, Harris […]

AHCA/NCAL Taps Porter to Succeed Parkinson as CEO

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Clifton J. Porter II as the new president and CEO of the association, effective this fall.  Porter will be the first African American to fill the role in AHCA/NCAL’s 75-year history. He currently serves as the senior […]

Lawmakers Tussle with Nursing Home Trade Associations, Calling Their Opposition to Staffing Rule ‘Sabotage’ 

Democratic lawmakers Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Jan Schakowsky are criticizing the nursing home sector’s main trade associations for their opposition to the federal government’s minimum staffing mandate, calling their role an attempt to “sabotage” improvements in care. The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and LeadingAge, representing thousands of […]

Supreme Court Ruling Is a ‘Game Changer’ for Challenging Nursing Home Staffing Mandate, CMS Authority

A Supreme Court decision on Friday could significantly weaken federal agencies’ authority to regulate industries, including powers of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), with wide implications for the recently finalized federal minimum staffing rule for nursing homes. The Supreme Court’s decision to discard the long-standing so-called Chevron doctrine is a “game changer,” […]

Bipartisan Lawmakers Urge CMS to Limit AI Tools’ Use by Medicare Advantage Plans, Including for Nursing Home Care

Over 50 lawmakers from both chambers of Congress are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase scrutiny and regulation of artificial intelligence tools used by Medicare Advantage plans. In a letter addressed to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the legislators expressed deep concerns over the use of AI algorithms by MA plans […]

Citing Worries Over ‘Reduced Capacity’ at Nursing Homes, AHA Lends Voice To Halt Staffing Mandate 

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is lending its voice to the fight against the minimum staffing mandate, and joining hands with nursing home organizations as well as a coalition of lawmakers to overturn the federal government’s rule. By sending a letter to lawmakers Monday, AHA boosted the bipartisan bid to halt the staffing mandate through […]

HMG Healthcare CEO Reflects on First Half of 2024, Leading Legal Fight to Stop Nursing Home Staffing Mandate

Even though Derek Prince, CEO of HMG Healthcare, has been encouraging new initiatives to improve staffing at this organization and is celebrating wins on that front, he is fully aware of the unfolding crisis the federal minimum staffing mandate will represent for providers across Texas. Hence, Prince, who is also a board member of the […]

‘A Mountain to Climb’: As Nursing Homes Foresee Difficulties Meeting New Staffing Rule, Enlarging Workforce Pool Is a Leading Challenge

The federal government’s new staffing requirements for nursing homes present a formidable challenge – even impossible some say – for facilities nationwide, and operators must focus now on creating workers that don’t exist. The current reality is stark: if the requirements were enforced today, a vast majority of nursing homes in the U.S. would fall […]

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 […]

AHCA/NCAL: Nursing Home Staffing Rule Will Cost $6.5B Annually, Require 102,000 Extra Clinicians, Displace a Quarter of Residents

The nursing home minimum staffing rule is estimated to cost the industry a staggering $6.5 billion per year, and would require an additional 102,000 clinicians, according to a new analysis released Thursday by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). To fulfill the rule’s requirements, more than 77,000 certified nurse […]

Biden Criticized for ‘Inaccurate Framing’ of Sector By Nursing Home Groups as Staffing Rule Discussion Heats up in Mainstream Media

Nursing home advocacy groups criticized the Biden Administration for “misleading” the public with its negative rhetoric on nursing homes as reactions to the federal government’s minimum staffing rule continued to trickle in. Discussions of the finalized staffing rule were seen in recent policymaker committees, including the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and […]

Inside Rising Cyber Attacks: Tackling Insurance Hikes, Payment Disruptions at Nursing Homes

Health care cyber attacks have been an ever-present threat for providers, including nursing homes. But the most recent attacks on Change Healthcare have had ripple effects on the industry, prompting lobbying groups and federal agencies to action. The attack in February has affected cash flow and claims processes for some nursing home operators, associations said, […]

‘An Extinction Event’: Industry Leaders Blast Finalized Nursing Home Staffing Mandate

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday unveiled the finalized minimum staffing standards for nursing homes, drawing sharp – and deeply apprehensive – responses from leaders in the sector. CEOs of nursing home owners and operators and leaders of industry associations were all but unanimous in their reactions; among those who spoke […]

‘Further Squeezed’: Medicare Advantage Reimbursement Cuts Could Dig into Nursing Home Payments

Medicare Advantage plans might lower their payments to nursing homes in 2025, to absorb the federal government’s benchmark rate cut to insurers. Nursing home advocacy groups are worried that this move by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to cut Medicare Advantage rates may be passed on to nursing home providers. The Medicare […]

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 […]

More Than Two-Thirds of Nursing Homes Fear Closures as Almost All Cite Challenges Recruiting Staff

Despite ongoing investments from operators, the nursing home industry is struggling to rebuild its workforce and recover from the pandemic. Meanwhile, operators are concerned that the federal minimum staffing proposal, once finalized, will make operational challenges worse even as nursing homes limit admissions and are concerned about closures. Such findings were outlined in the American […]

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 […]