Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted its proposed rule with annual updates to Medicare Part A payments to skilled nursing facilities. A central issue for residents’ advocates in the rule is CMS’s Request for Information about establishing mandatory nurse staffing levels. CMS identifies 17 questions, many with multiple issues. The Center for Medicare Advocacy encourages residents and their families and advocates to provide CMS with specific and detailed information about staffing.
CMS has now published the proposed rule in the Federal Register, 87 Fed. Reg. 22720 (Apr. 15, 2022), https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-04-15/pdf/2022-07906.pdf. The discussion of staffing appears at pages 22789-22795. Comments are due no later than June 10, 2022.
April 21, 2022 – T. Edelman
 See “CMS Begins Processing of Setting Mandatory Nurse Staffing Standards for Nursing Facilities” (CMA Alert, Apr. 14, 2022), https://medicareadvocacy.org/cms-begins-process-of-setting-mandatory-nurse-staffing-standards-for-nursing-facilities/