Mandatory Nursing Home Staffing Levels Proposed by Biden HHS

US nursing homes will have to beef up their staffing levels under long-awaited proposed new guidelines announced Friday by the Biden administration.

The proposed rule (RIN: 0938-AV25), which calls for specific hours of patient care by registered nurses and nursing aides, is the centerpiece of a wide-ranging Biden administration push to improve the quality of care at US nursing homes, which were Ground Zero for the Covid-19 outbreak.

The proposal includes three minimum nurse staffing standards: of 0.55 hours per resident, per day, or 0.55 “HPRD,” for registered nurses; 2.45 HPRD for nurse aides; a requirement to have an registered …

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