AHCA and AHA Issue Joint Letter Raising Concerns Over CMS Staffing Mandate
- By: Angela Westhoff
- On: 04/05/2023 15:10:57
- In: Legislative/Government Affairs
In the letter, AHA and AHCA describe how the current labor shortage is forcing many nursing homes to limit admissions, which is having a ripple effect on the entire health care system. Hospital patients ready to be discharged to post-acute care are waiting days, weeks, or even months to find a spot at a skilled nursing facility. The two organizations warn that a federal staffing mandate for nursing homes would accelerate this access to care crisis for America's seniors and exacerbate capacity issues for hospitals.
Rather than a one-size-fits-all mandate, AHA and AHCA are requesting that the Biden Administration and Congress focus on investing in recruitment and retention programs that will bolster the health care workforce. The letter includes several policy solutions.
Read the full letter here.
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