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Introduction of Hospice Services by Nursing Homes Does Not Significantly Affect Nursing Assistant Staffing

More and more nursing homes are providing hospice care to their residents.

End-of-life care is managed by hospice organizations, which can also provide routine hands-on care normally provided by certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

As a result, nursing homes could reduce staffing, thereby serving as an incentive for hospice referrals.

However, a new study finds that the introduction of hospice services in nursing homes does not result in significant CNA staffing changes. Rather, as hospice patient volume increased, small increases in CNA staffing were observed.

For details, see Tyler, D.A. (2011). Effect of increased nursing home hospice use on nursing assistant staffing. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 14(11), 1236-1239.

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