Democratic Reps. Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyWomen poised to take charge in Dem majority Overnight Health Care: Drug price fight heats up | Skepticism over drug companies' pledges | Ads target HHS secretary over child separations | Senate confirms VA pick Lawmakers worry about rise in drugged driving MORE (Ill.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiLobbying world Overnight Energy: Lawyer who coined 'lock her up' to get EPA post | Refinery owned by ex-Trump adviser gets biofuels waiver | Lawmakers press Pruitt on emissions standards Calif. to fight Trump’s ‘politically motivated’ car standards plan MORE (Calif.) asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) why a March 2012 deadline to implement a provision of the Affordable Care Act has still not been met.

Currently, nursing homes only have to self-report their staffing data on an annual basis. Schakowsky and Matsui said this policy can lead to inaccurate information for individuals looking for a nursing home.

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Meanwhile, a section of the 2010 healthcare law directs nursing homes to display staffing information based on payroll data. By using a payroll-based system, Schakowsky and Matsui argued, nursing home staffing information can be reliably accurate. 

"Implementation should have occurred in March of 2012 and is now long overdue," they wrote in a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner

Schakowsky and Matsui questioned why the new policy has not been implemented.

"CMS itself has acknowledged that its nursing home staffing data are not accurate," they wrote. "We need accurate staffing data — such as that from a payroll data collection system — to ensure that our most vulnerable Americans get the quality health care services they need and deserve."

The lawmakers urged the CMS to address the issue quickly.

"We urge CMS to make this matter a priority. We look forward to hearing from you soon on when we can expect the payroll-based staffing system to be operational," Schakowsky and Matsui wrote.