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CMS reveals differing opinions on minimum staffing approach

McKnights (08/05/2022) – A study meant to underpin a new federal nursing home staffing minimum will last about seven months and end in December, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said Thursday.

That confirmation came during an Open Door Forum conference call Thursday, and amid a fierce, ongoing debate how mandated staffing levels can be equitably determined at all.

The CMS call came nearly a week after the agency issued its final 2023 pay rule. In it, CMS acknowledged there had been a “significant response” to its request for information on establishing mandatory minimum staffing levels. Full story »

CMS: Turnover, weekend staffing levels now in Five-Star ratings

McKnights (07/08/2022) – Nursing home staff turnover rates and weekend staffing levels are now being incorporated into providers’ Five-Star Ratings.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Thursday announced that Care Compare’s July 2022 refresh includes the revision into the methodology for calculating staffing star ratings. It also is being less generous with star upgrades for some facilities. Full story »

New employee interviews, deeper dive into PBJ data could lead to more survey citations

McKnight's (07/01/2022) – Nursing home operators should be on high alert about the questions surveyors will ask employees about sufficient staffing after heavy emphasis was placed on the matter in updated guidance released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Full story »

Staff retention crucial after study confirms lower turnover linked to higher quality of care at nursing homes

McKnight's (05/10/2022) – Nursing home providers should consider implementing innovative strategies for retaining workers after a new study found that low staff turnover was consistently associated with higher quality of care, researchers said. Full story »

Consumers Are Getting New Information About Nursing Home Staffing But Need More

Forbes (02/03/2022) – With nursing homes and other long-term care facilities desperately short of nurses and aides, it is more important than ever for consumers to know about staffing levels, quality, and turnover. But it has been difficult to get some key information. Now, the government has taken a modest step to help. Full story »

Weekend staffing levels, turnover now included in nursing home ratings (02/01/2022) – The federal government's five-star rating system for nursing homes will now include weekend staffing levels and turnover but a group representing the facilities say that new information doesn't tell the whole story. Full story »

PBJ staff reporting deadline looms for providers

McKnight's (01/28/2022) – The final submission deadline for nursing homes to report their staffing data for last quarter in the Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) is just weeks away. Full story »

‘Tone deaf’: Posting of more staffing and turnover data starts

McKnight's (01/27/2022) – Nursing home staff turnover rates and weekend staffing levels can now be viewed publicly on the Care Compare website, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Wednesday. Full story »

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