Experts Question How Nursing Homes Will Pay For More Staff Amid Anticipated Minimum Staffing Mandate

Oct 7, 2022 | Minimum Staffing

Experts Question How Nursing Homes Will Pay For More Staff Amid Anticipated Minimum Staffing Mandate

The Biden administration is expected to issue a federal minimum staffing mandate for nursing homes. As the long term care sector continues to face a historic labor crisis, experts are questioning how the proposed mandate would address staffing shortages without resources or support.

Many providers have already increased pay and benefits, which has been invaluable for workers and enabled nursing homes to try to compete in today’s challenging job market. This raises serious questions about the ability of programs like Medicaid and Medicare Advantage to keep pace. The mandate could require an estimated $10 billion per year for caregivers’ wages and benefits – and so far, the proposed mandate remains unfunded.

Rather than unrealistic, unfunded mandates that will result in more nursing homes closing, policymakers should focus on meaningful solutions to attract more caregivers to the field.

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October 7, 2022

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