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Nurse Staffing Hours at Nursing Homes with High Concentrations of Minority Residents, 2001-11

Journal Article Expanding Access & Cultural Competence
December 10, 2015

This article examines the relationship between registered nurse and certified nursing assistant (CNA) staffing levels at nursing homes with varying levels of minority residents. The researchers found that long-standing disparities between nursing homes with high and low concentrations of minority residents have decreased as state Medicaid payment rates increased. However, CNA staffing hours continue to increase in facilities with low minority populations while decreasing in those with high minority populations.

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Key Takeaways

"Widespread disparities exist across facilities because racial/ethnic minority residents are in facilities with limited resources"
"This study found persistently lower RN and CNA staffing hours in nursing homes with high concentrations of racial/ethnic minority residents."
"Increasing Medicaid nursing home payment rates was associated with improved staffing levels and reduced staffing disparities."

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