Skilled Nursing News: Bill to Ease Skilled Nursing Staffing Woes Receives Another Chance in Congress

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bill that its supporters say would ease persistent staffing strains on the nation’s nursing home operators.

The Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act would remove a mandatory two-year ban on certified nursing assistant (CNA) training that the federal government currently levies on skilled nursing facilities that have received a civil monetary penalty (CMP) greater than $10,000.

Industry advocates argue that the automatic training ban, also known as a lockout, is too punitive, as it removes a key avenue for workforce development even if the facility proves that it has rectified the issues that led to the penalty.

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