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For years, the for-profit nursing home industry has deliberately maintained lower staffing levels to maximize profits. We must adopt strong staffing standards to support nursing home residents and ensure Medicare and Medicaid funds are dedicated to their care.
President Biden’s announced the implementation of a minimum staffing rule for nursing homes, in February 2022. The for-profit nursing home industry opposes the standard, claiming it could lead to a system collapse. However, current staffing data reveals that non-profit nursing homes staff on average 23% higher than for-profit homes. The data suggests that for-profit nursing homes deliberately understaff to allocate funds for other purposes, including profits.
Studies conducted by CMS reveal that non-profit nursing homes, on average, exceed the proposed staffing standard, providing 43 minutes more direct resident care per day than for-profit homes.
CMS proposes a minimum of 3 hours of direct care per day per resident (HPRD), and non-profit homes, on average, exceed this. The Consumer Voice suggests a higher standard of 4.2 HPRD, and thousands of homes, especially non-profit ones, already meet this level of care.
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Martin J. Solomon is a principal at Solomon & Relihan PC and has been licensed to practice law in Arizona since 1970. He practices exclusively in the area of personal injury litigation, with an emphasis on nursing home abuse and neglect. Martin is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, a past president of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Center for Disability Law and the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest. He is a member of the Nursing Home Litigation Group in the American Association for Justice (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association), the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform and the Maricopa Elder Abuse Prevent Prevention Alliance.