5 states where highest, lowest rate of nursing homes report staff shortages

Among nursing home facilities that report data to the federal government, facilities in Minnesota are reporting the highest rate of staffing shortages in the U.S., while facilities in California are reporting the lowest, according to an April 15 analysis from Seniorly.

The San Francisco-based company analyzed data published by CMS between May 2020 and February 2022. Researchers found while only 11 percent of facilities reported shortages in May 2020, the figure rose to about 22 percent by January 2022.

Five states with the highest rate of nursing home facilities reporting staffing shortages: 

1. Minnesota — 41.4 percent

2. Washington — 37.9 percent

3. Maine — 37.7 percent 

4. Kansas — 36.1 percent

5. Wyoming — 35 percent 

Five states with the lowest rate of nursing home facilities reporting staffing shortages: 

1. California — 2.1 percent

2. Connecticut — 3.8 percent

3. Massachusetts — 5.8 percent

4. New Jersey — 6 percent 

5. Texas — 6.6 percent 

Editor's note: A previous version of this piece was titled "5 states reporting highest, lowest nursing home staff shortages." It has been updated to reflect that statistics were based on federal data collected from individual nursing homes, not state data.

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