Providers ‘very encouraged’ after meeting with CMS leader on nursing home reform

Leaders for four long-term care providers with primarily 5-star rated facilities met with Brooks-LaSure via video call and explained to her that “even using absolute best practices, it’s impossible to get workers right now.”

Schema told the CMS leader that over the last two years the Good Samaritan Society has made “historic investments” to support its staff while also providing high-quality care, but more help is needed. South Dakota-based Good Samaritan operates 156 skilled nursing facilities, many of them in rural settings.

“In the face of ongoing workforce challenges, increased operating costs and Medicaid reimbursements that do not keep up with the cost of care we provide, we’ve been forced to make difficult decisions about how and where we can provide services,” Schema noted to McKnight’s on Tuesday.

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