Providers ‘very encouraged’ after meeting with CMS leader on nursing home reform

After initial dismay upon hearing the administration’s strategies for sweeping new nursing home reform plans last month, providers were more optimistic after meeting with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on Monday.

Leaders for four long-term care providers with primarily 5-star rated facilities met with Brooks-LaSure via video call and explained to her that “even using absolute best practices, it’s impossible to get workers right now.”

“We’re very encouraged,” AHCA President and CEO Mark Parkinson told McKnight’s Long-Term Care News on Tuesday. “It was not just a check-the-box meeting on [Brooks-LaSure’s] part. We’re now scheduling follow-up meetings with staff to have conversations about how we can work together to really improve quality.”

Also on Tuesday, LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan said she and four of her members were also set to meet with the CMS administrator and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra this week.

“I know these members will represent you well,” Sloan told members gathered in Washington, D.C. “Their stories will be powerful and convincing.” …(continued)

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