AHCA’s Parkinson: ‘Unfunded’ Build-Back-Better-Act Staffing Provisions Will Exacerbate Workforce Shortage

November 17, 2021 by Skilled Nursing News

The head of the nation’s largest lobbying and trade group for nursing homes called out two ‘unfunded mandates’ included in the Biden administration’s Build Back Better Act — mandatory minimum staffing and 24-hour registered nurse (RN) oversight in nursing homes — arguing both will cause unnecessary strain on an already employee beleaguered industry.

During a press conference on Wednesday, AHCA CEO and President Mark Parkinson predicted operators will need to add 150,000 direct care workers to meet hourly requirements, and at least 21,000 additional RNs to adequately provide around-the-clock care.

That’s on top of 220,000, or 14% of the skilled nursing workforce lost during the pandemic, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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