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CMS Strengthens Nursing Home Oversight to Ensure Adequate Staffing

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2018 1:08 AM

CMS announced actions last week that will increase nursing home oversight and improve transparency to ensure that these facilities are adequately staffed. 

“CMS takes very seriously our responsibility to protect the safety and quality of care for our beneficiaries,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Today CMS is taking important steps to protect nursing home residents based on potential risks revealed by new payroll-based staffing data that our Administration released. We’re deeply concerned about potential inadequacies in staffing, such as low weekend staffing levels or times when registered nurses are not onsite, and the impact that this can have on patient care. The actions announced today strengthen our oversight of resident health and safety and help ensure accurate public reporting.”

Research shows the higher ratio of nurses to residents, the fewer hospitalizations for the residents. 

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