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Biden Renews Pre-Pandemic Training Standards for Nursing Homes

April 7, 2022, 5:34 PM

The Biden administration is reinstating a number of pre-pandemic training and care requirements for nursing home staff that were temporarily lifted as facilities struggled to respond to the Covid-19 public health emergency.

Chief among the newly restored standards is a rule that limits employment for temporary nursing aides to four months at Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facilities unless they complete state-approved training of at least 75 hours.

To ensure sufficient staffing levels and provide greater flexibility at nursing homes early in the pandemic, the Trump administration waived the training requirement.

But recent facility inspection data noting residents’ weight loss, depression, and ...