Biden administration announces new post-COVID nursing mandate

by ian

The Biden administration is seeking to make changes in nursing home staffing.

In a historic move yesterday, the Biden administration set a minimum staff member requirement for nursing homes. The post-pandemic decision is a result of the staff shortage during Covid which left many people without sufficient care and resulted in the death of more than 167,000 nursing home patients.

Under the new rule, Medicaid- and Medicare-funded facilities will need to dedicate at least 3.5 hours of care to each patient daily. What this means is that a nursing home with 100 residents will need at least two or three RNs, at least 10 or 11 nurse aids, and two additional nurses to meet the minimum staffing requirements.

A registered nurse will also have to be onsite 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Biden administration also announced improvements to taxpayer-funded home care and additional support for caregivers as well.