February 21, 2017
The new issue brief looks specifically at nursing services. The regulations failed to include a numerical minimum staffing standard, instead maintaining the previous requirement that “sufficient staff ” be available. The regulations do, however, place a greater emphasis on establishing minimum competencies and skill sets for all nursing personnel. Facilities must assess their resident population and resources to determine both the number and competencies of staff needed to care for residents.
In addition, the regulations have increased requirements for in-service training of nursing personnel. Finally, the revised regulations require that the resident and resident representative be notified of any waivers of nursing staff requirements.
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