Duffy Introduces Bill To Improve Seniors’ Nursing Care

Feb 14, 2019Press Release



Thursday February 14, 2019



Duffy Introduces Bill To Improve Seniors’ Nursing Care


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, ranking member of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, today introduced legislation to eliminate the mandatory Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training lockout for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), and instead allow the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to impose a lockout based on a substandard quality of care.


“As more Wisconsinites reach retirement age and live longer lives, it’s more important than ever that Skilled Nursing Facilities educate and sponsor new Certified Nursing Assistants to meet increased labor demands. I’m proud to introduce legislation to eliminate provisions within the Social Security Act that prevents Wisconsin seniors from receiving the highest quality of care from well-trained medical professionals.”




The CNA training lockout currently impacts nearly half of all SNFs in Wisconsin, while in some states that number exceeds 75% of facilities. As baby boomers continue to live longer and rely more heavily on non-familial methods of senior care like nursing homes, SNFs will need the ability to meet growing labor demands.


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) currently enforces a mandatory CNA training lockout for SNFs that are assigned Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) exceeding roughly $10,000. This lockout is counterintuitive because it limits a SNFs ability to train new qualified staff, which can perpetuate a substandard quality of care if facilities are not able to recruit qualified nurses.