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Members of Congress Send Letter to CMS Urging Enactment of a Minimum Staffing Standard in Nursing Homes

March 21, 2023

In a March 13, 2023 letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, 113 members of Congress urged CMS to propose strong mandatory minimum staffing standards in the proposed Fiscal Year 2024 Medicare payment rule.  In the letter, the Representatives note that creating a minimum staffing standard was a part of President Biden's announcement of historic nursing home reforms a year ago. The letter describes why it's essential to enact nurse staffing ratios in nursing facilities and recounts widespread support for such ratios.  The letter also calls for further transparency in Medicare and Medicaid spending on nursing facilities.

Read the full letter.

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