On September 30, 2021, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (IHFS) published this comprehensive review of nursing home payment with recommendations for reform. The reform principles include increased funding that is tied to staffing levels, a proven predictor of improved health outcomes for residents; a new pay scale for certified nursing assistants that increases wages based on years of experience; and funding connected to improving key quality measures. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services first introduced these reforms in March 2021 . . .
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