AHCA: Staffing Proposal to Cost $6.8B Per Year, Create Access Issues for Nearly One Quarter of Nursing Home Residents
More than 280,000 residents, or nearly a quarter of all residents, could be impacted by the staffing mandate – if nursing home operators have no choice but to reduce their census in order to meet hourly requirements.
The proposed federal mandate would require an estimated 102,154 additional full-time employees. That’s 80,077 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and 22,077 registered nurses (RNs), according to an analysis released Tuesday by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and prepared by professional services firm CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA).
The proposed rule requires 2.45 CNA hours per resident per day (HPRD) and 0.55 RN HPRD, and for facilities to have an RN on site 24 hours per day.