New Consumer Voice Report Details Lack of Adequate Staffing Standards in Nursing Homes; Briefing on Thursday
Chronic understaffing has been a serious problem in nursing homes for decades and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The research is clear that inadequate staffing contributes to lower quality of care and poor health outcomes for residents, yet no federal staffing standard exists, and only one state requires a minimum research-backed standard of 4.1 hours per resident day.
A new report by Consumer Voice documents staffing standards in each state, analyzing the contrast to research-based standards recommended by medical and healthcare professionals to ensure quality of care.
- With one exception - the District of Columbia - state standards for total nursing staff time fall short of research-backed recommended staffing standards.
- 29 states have minimum requirements that are significantly lower than research-based recommended staffing standards; two states - Montana and Arizona - require less than 2 hours per resident day.
- Only six states require a RN 24/7 at all facilities.
See report summary and full report for detailed findings. Find more information on Consumer Voice's website.
Thursday Briefing to Address the Need for Federal Staffing Standards in Nursing Homes
Join Consumer Voice, with a panel of experts, this Thursday, December 9th at 1:00pm ET for a review of the research and data supporting the need for a federal minimum staffing standard and overview of the new report and its findings.
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