On July 22nd, 2021, the Scranton Times published an article written by Jamie Martines and Sarah Anne Hughes concerning a revision to Pennsylvania’s years-old nursing home regulations. This revision was proposed by the Wolf Administration and is expected to improve the quality of care in nursing homes across the state. It is interesting that this revision was set forth before the nursing home workers’ strike on Tuesday, July 27th. As the article mentions, Pennsylvania currently requires nursing home facilities to give 2.7 hours of direct care to residents daily. However, this number is far below federal recommendations as suggested that residents should receive a minimum of 4.1 hours of care every day. As alluded to in the article, a Spotlight PA Investigation performed in 2020 revealed that “only a quarter of the state’s more than 670 licensed facilities met that higher benchmark.” This is concerning because residents are not getting the proper hours of care they deserve. Not to mention that improper nursing home care can lead to an increase in illness and death for residents.
As of right now, Pennsylvania nursing homes must make their own decision if they want to increase staff numbers and accept the Wolf Administration’s proposal. Hiring staff would be quite expensive as it is estimated to cost about $366 million dollars. That being said, the article suggested the Acting Human Services Secretary said that federal Medicaid reimbursements would finance an estimated $193.2 million dollars towards this sum, and the state would provide $173.6 million dollars towards this expense. Overall, this proposal is a good start towards improving nursing home environments for employees and residents. Also, it is important to note that the article’s authors suggest that the public will be able to give feedback on this proposal for thirty days once it is published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
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