CMS provides additional details on staff ratios

On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed more details about how it will use nursing home site visits, data and other tools to formulate a minimum staffing standard, one that is meant to “build on” rather than replace previous studies.
Agency researchers said Monday that in addition to comments already collected about the potential new rule, they will use four main components in their ongoing work. The elements include a literature review of previous studies; a cost analysis; and site visits. There also will be a quantitative analysis to identify staffing levels associated with improved quality of care and resident safety, as well as trends in nursing home staffing from 2018-2021.

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