TUESDAY, March 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Minimum staffing levels will be a key feature of a major overhaul of nursing homes across the United States that President Joe Biden is expected to announce in his state of the art address. the Union on Tuesday evening.
Staffing levels are considered a key marker of nursing home quality, but the pandemic has left many facilities short of nurses, nursing assistants and other workers who care for patients . In addition to staffing needs, Biden’s plan will include 20 separate actions to improve the quality of nursing homes. However, there will be no new sources of federal funding to pay for the changes.
Biden will also announce a $500 million increase (nearly 25%) to the nursing home inspection budget under the plan. “Despite the tens of billions of federal taxpayer dollars poured into nursing homes each year, too many people continue to provide poor, substandard care that results in preventable harm to residents,” the White House said in announcing its plan.
But care homes need more resources, not finger pointing, the head of a major industry group has said in a declaration. “Additional monitoring without corresponding assistance will not improve resident care,” said Mark Parkinson, president of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. “To make real improvements, we need policymakers to prioritize investing in this chronically underfunded health care sector and supporting provider improvement on the metrics that matter to residents.”