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Keep the staffing mandate comments coming!

Patti Cullen, CAE
By Patti Cullen, CAE  |  October 27, 2023  |  All members

Have you submitted your comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about the implications of an unfunded staffing mandate on your nursing facility (or assisted living who will be competing for the limited staff)? As of last Friday, there were nearly 180 comments submitted through the Action Center on the American Health Care Association (AHCA) website from our members—but we can do more! The good news is that nationally we have reached the goal of 10,000 comments to date, in advance of the November 6 deadline date. Even if you submitted one set of comments, you can certainly submit again with new information and/or data.

If you want add additional information, here are some resources for you.  
  • First, Care Providers of Minnesota has finalized our comments to CMS, which include background data points that you should feel free to use in your own comments
  • You can use the AHCA Action Center to send your message; if you choose not to use the automated system, that webpage includes alternative ways to send your comments—email and “snail mail” (make sure you reference "Minimum Staffing Standards for Long-Term Care Facilities and Medicaid Institutional Payment Transparency Reporting (CMS-3442-P)")
  • If you’d like to engage frontline staff and family members of residents about submitting comments, view the new resource developed by AHCA with some possible points for their comments
  • Finally, if you want even more information, we held a 30-minute webinar on Thursday, October 19, 2023, with Mark Parkinson and Matt Smyth from AHCA to gear up members to write; listen to the webinar here 

Patti Cullen, CAE  |  President/CEO  |  |  952-851-2487


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