Washington, D.C. - Congressman Renacci led a letter along with 121 members of Congress to Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Hargan and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Verma expressing concern about a rule updating the Requirements of Participation for skilled nursing facilities.
"As someone who has years of real-world experience managing nursing homes across Ohio, I know first-hand the strict level of compliances these facilities must follow. Simply put, the rules put forward last year are unworkable and should be revisited by CMS," said Renacci.
In October of 2016, CMS issued a rule regarding Requirements of Participation for nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities. This rule is one of the most sweeping changes made in years to the profession. This letter requests flexibility for nursing homes to ease into compliance with this rule and requests a delay of some of the requirements until a re-evaluation is made.
Many long-term care providers have voiced serious concerns about how this rule has been extremely burdensome in adding layers of regulations, mandating staffing positions which are redundant and often unnecessary, and the overall lack of clarity in the regulations.
Our nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities care for our nation’s most frail and elderly. We must ensure that our nursing facilities are able to provide the highest standards of care and give them the flexibility to most effectively implement policies that focus on patient safety and quality outcomes.
Read full letter HERE