AHCA/NCAL Survey: Nursing Home Providers Workforce Say and Economic Challenges Persist

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

“The American Health Care Association (AHCA), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and other long term care facilities across the country, released a survey of more than 500 nursing home providers from across the U.S. highlighting how nearly three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry continues to face a serious labor and economic crisis. The survey findings also demonstrate how the crises are impacting access to care for vulnerable seniors and would make it impossible for the industry to meet increasing government staffing requirements without corresponding support.

“Nursing home providers were also asked about a potential federal minimum staffing mandate, which is expected to be proposed by the Biden Administration later this year. The survey found that providers’ biggest concern with a potential mandate is finding staff to meet the requirement, followed by having to rely on more costly agency staff to fill shifts. A proposal that has been floated in the past would require that each resident receive 4.1 hours of care per day (HPRD) from nursing staff. Nearly all respondents (95 percent) were concerned about being able to meet a 4.1 HPRD staffing minimum, including 79 percent who were “very concerned.”

Read the full January 10, 2023 Press Release here.

View the nursing home provider survey results (18 slides) here.

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