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Study Finds Many Nursing Homes Not Meeting Federal Staffing Expectations for RNs Staffing

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Three-fourths of the nation’s nursing homes never meet federal staffing expectations for registered nurse staffing, and RNs are often missing from such facilities on the weekends, according to a new research based on review of payroll-based data, published online by Health Affairs, writes McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

The research also found that 70% of facilities self-reported higher total direct staffing under the CASPER system than in the now-standard Payroll-Based Journal. The discrepancy was most pronounced at for-profit facilities, followed by non-profits and then government-run buildings.

Researchers from Harvard and Vanderbilt medical schools examined records from 15,399 nursing homes covering April 2017 through March 2018.

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