Chuck Grassley

Longtime nursing home watchdog Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) is keeping the pressure on skilled nursing providers.

The Iowa Republican said that the Office of the Inspector General and Government Accountability Office will submit investigation findings this summer before he determines his next move.

“As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I’ll continue conducting diligent oversight of the nursing home industry,” Grassley said. “Once these reports are available and I’ve had time to review their findings, I intend to hold another hearing to learn the facts and find workable solutions.”

Grassley’s comments came days after Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said the agency would conduct a “comprehensive review” of SNF regulations.

Some said Verma’s announcement was partially in response to the clamor Grassley raised at his March nursing home hearing.