Skilled Nursing Facility

Payroll data shows self-reported staffing data inflated

A new study published by yesterday afternoon shows that about 75% of nursing homes in this country are understaffed, and that levels self-reported by nursing home administrators used in the CASPER system were higher than payroll data.

Researchers examined 15,399 nursing homes from April 2017 through March 2018. They found that RNs are often missing over the weekend: for RN staffing, 91% of facilities met the expected level less than 60% of the time. These results mean that about three-fourths of nursing homes are out of CMS compliance, and researchers also found that adverse events were more likely to occur on the weekends.

Read the study (paywall).