Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Issues Federal Staffing Mandate

On September 1, 2023, CMS issued a press release regarding the highly anticipated federal staffing mandates for nursing homes. The staffing mandates were initially discussed by President Joseph Biden in a state of the union address. Nursing home providers have been awaiting the announcement for some time. The proposed rule consists of three core staffing proposals that are staggered across a period of time. There is a 60-day comment period from the issue of the Federal Register outlining the staffing mandate proposal and several other items that impact nursing home providers. The Federal Register with the federal staffing mandate proposal is attached, along with the CMS press release from September 1 for your review.