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Biden to Keep Pushing Nursing Homes on Staffing Level Rules

  • Proposed levels can’t be met without more funds, groups say
  • Administration also seeking clarity on facility ownership
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Minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes that were hit hard by the pandemic will remain a goal for the Biden administration, according to a top health official, despite protests from the industry that facilities lack funding to hire more personnel.

“When we talk to people on the front lines in nursing homes, the number one issue that we hear about is staffing,” Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, who leads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said Tuesday in an interview. “And I think funding is a part of that, but it is not the whole picture.”