Perhaps the biggest mystery, as the Biden administration moves to force nursing homes to boost staffing, is this: how much extra money do the nation’s 15,000 homes actually have to hire and retain more nurses and aides?
The most significant regulatory changes in decades are due to be submitted by Monday. This proposal has already sparked an intense lobbying war between nursing homes, patient advocates and other stakeholders. More than 22,000 public comments have been submitted. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
CMS accepts comments up until Monday, in case you still feel the urge to scratch your pen.
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Official nursing home financial records — those submitted to the government — report that more than 4 in 10 homes lost money in 2021. The industry says that it can’t afford higher payrolls. CMS proposes a relief valve instead of putting more money into Medicare and Medicaid in order to help nursing homes hire more staff.
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