November 2, 2023

Planning to talk about making a plan is not really a plan, now is it?

The CMS proposal for maximum patient-to-staff nursing home ratios is not the solution to health care worker shortages. At the same time, with Iowa losing 26 nursing homes over the past 15 months and a moratorium on any new facilities, Governor Reynolds' plan to "enter into a genuine state-federal dialogue" is not really a plan either, is it? (And you can bet that similar ratio regs for hospitals are not far behind.)

If the current level of proactive leadership in addressing this crisis of health care access continues, Iowans are so monumentally screwed.

Iowa Capital Dispatch: CMS regulating nursing home staff ratios