Home Health Reform Could Be Next, After Nursing Home Push

Posted Saturday, March 5, 2022

President Joe Biden expressed his intent to improve nursing home conditions during his State of The Union. He spoke to the fact that nursing home costs for the patient has gone up, but quality of care has declined, and he plans to address it. CMS is on board with his plans.

“CMS is ready to implement this vision and at the foundation is the establishment of minimum standards for staffing in nursing homes,” Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, CMS administrator, said in a press statement. “This new evidence-based requirement will permanently strengthen quality of care by ensuring facilities have enough well-trained staff on duty to provide the services needed by the residents who rely on them.”

As a result of this initiative, many providers think that home health could be next.

“It’s just a matter of time before it hits home health,” Peter Miska, regional director of program development at Elite Care Management, told Home Health Care News. “It’s not a question of if — it’s a question of when. [Home health providers] should start preparing for it now, so they’re ahead of the curve.”

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