State Actions to Address Nursing Home Staffing During COVID-19
Emma Childress , and
Published: May 16, 2022
KFF analysis of CDC COVID data tracker, CMS COVID-19 Nursing Home data, and state-reported deaths in long-term care facilities (week ending April 17, 2022).
Expressed numerically for a 100-bed facility, the federal standard equates to 0.30 staffing hours per resident day (hprd), including a full-time director of nursing (0.06 hprd), a registered nurse for 8 consecutive hours per day (0.08 hprd), and a registered nurse or licensed nurse during the other two shifts (0.16 hprd). The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care report provides a detailed explanation of this calculation for purposes of comparing standardized federal and state staffing requirements.