In September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS) issued a rule that would require a minimum staff to patient ratio in nursing homes. This is a historic action by the Biden Administration. However, the ratio must be stronger to protect residents and workers. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents nursing home workers, is engaging their membership and the public to generate support for the rule, while also pushing the Administration to strengthen it in critical areas. Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) is working with allied organizations to implement our policy recommendations to address private equity’s harmful role in healthcare, and is also generating comments for the proposed CMS rule.
The webinar will provide an opportunity for healthcare advocates and activists fighting private equity and SEIU members to hear from an SEIU member leader about the importance of adequate staffing in nursing homes, healthcare finance policy experts about 1) private equity’s dangerous role in healthcare, 2) how the CMS rule is an important step to combat private equity harms in healthcare, and 3) what individuals and organizations can do to take action to strengthen the rule.
The briefing will be held leading up to the end of the first proposed rule’s public comment period, and will drive more organizations to sign on to AFR’s comment as well as individual comments.
The live webinar took place on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 and can be viewed here.