Additional Funding for Workers Needed to Meet a Potential Federal Nursing Home Staffing Minimum Mandatereport from accounting and consulting firm CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) regarding a potential federal staffing mandate for America's nursing homes. Due to increasing labor costs and pervasive workforce shortages nationwide, CLA now estimates more than 191,000 nurses and nurse's aides are needed at the annual cost of $11.3 billion in order for nursing homes to meet a staffing minimum of 4.1 hours per resident day (HPRD). This is up from July 2022, when CLA estimated an additional 187,000 caregivers and an annual cost of $10 billion would be required.
The report also found:
- 94 percent of nursing homes would be unable to comply with a potential 4.1 HPRD staffing minimum.
- Nearly 450,000 residents (more than one-third) may be at risk of displacement if facilities are unable to increase their workforce and must reduce their census in order to comply with a 4.1 HPRD staffing minimum.
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