Article by Mcknights Long Term Care News
“Investing in registered nurses may help curb abuse and neglect rates in nursing homes, experts suggested in a recent analysis.
In a study of more than 15,000 facilities, Harvard University researchers found 54% of facilities met expected staffing levels less than 20% of the time. Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services listing expected staffing levels for RNs, 91% of facilities met those levels less than 60% of the time.
Scrutiny has been on skilled nursing’s abuse rate, with a recent report by the Government Accountability Office noting the number of incidents reported over four years had nearly doubled.
While CMS requires at least one registered nurse on duty for eight straight hours per day, more experts are calling for minimum staffing requirements at facilities, Bloomberg Law reported Thursday.”