When Will CMS’s Mandate be Finalized?

When Will CMS’s Mandate be Finalized
Date: December 29, 2023

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a staffing rule back in September of this year. However, federal regulators have shared that the mandate may take up to three years to finalize.

Within just two months following the staffing mandate proposal, CMS received almost 50,000 public comments. A lot of service providers had a lot of strong feelings regarding the staffing requirements. To move forward with a final rule, the agency must review every comment. While most people expected that the process would take a little over a year, the latest Unified Agenda indicates that the review may take longer.

CMS hasn’t offered a target date for when the mandate should be finalized, but they have made it clear that they have no intention of delaying the process. The mandate was created to improve and maintain the quality of care for residents in long-term care facilities. By urging facilities to revamp assessments, staff more registered nurses around the clock, and ensure adequate hourly thresholds, CMS is taking action to change how long-term care facilities are operated.

The sooner the mandate is published, the sooner we can feel more confident in the care that our loved ones are receiving. If you or someone you know has experienced abuse, neglect, and/or mistreatment from a nursing home, contact Dougherty Leventhal & Price today. Our team is here to fight for you! Remember … Injury? Call DLP. (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.


Marselas, Kimberly. “CMS: May Take 3 Years to Finalize Nursing Home Staffing Rule.” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 12 Dec. 2023, www.mcknights.com/news/cms-may-take-3-years-to-finalize-nursing-home-staffing-rule/.

Julia Kourpas