Federal health officials are planning to propose minimum staffing requirement levels in nursing homes by this spring.

New findings from the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released new evidence of “dire conditions” inside for‑profit nursing homes during the early months of the pandemic. The committee released evidence yesterday that alleged that the low staffing in nursing homes caused harm to residents during the early months of the pandemic.

It is thought that the result of the findings could bolster the Biden administration’s case for the new policy.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as other health experts argue that sufficient staffing is tied to the quality of care that the residents receive.

Nursing homes have been plagued with staffing shortages for years, as well as documented infection control problems, which was highlighted when facilities became a hot spot of covid spread.

President Biden has also vowed to crack down on the nation’s poorest-performing nursing homes ahead of his State of the Union address in March 2023. He has proposed a variety of policies aimed at boosting the oversight in nursing homes and reducing the use of shared rooms.