PA: new rules for nursing home regulations
New Department of Health regulations for state nursing homes have been approved by Pennsylvania's Independent Regulatory Review Commission. The required number of hours of direct care per day per patient will be increased in July 2023 and again by July 2024. The number of patients that nursing assistants and nurse aides can be required to care for will decrease in July 2023 and again in July 2024. The health department will also begin posting notice of nursing home ownership changes, and regulators will be required to analyze the financial strength and past performance of owners in order to approve license applications.