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Challenges Faced by Section 232 Nursing Homes During the Pandemic

We conducted a limited review of nursing home owners to identify their operational challenges and needs of nursing homes in responding to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  Our objective was to determine the biggest challenges operators of Section 232 nursing home facilities face related to the COVID-19 pandemic and whether nursing homes are prepared to meet their future financial obligations.  Most of the owners who responded to our survey indicated that nursing homes experienced financial and operational challenges during the pandemic.  These challenges included staffing shortages; COVID-19 infections in residents and staff; large fluctuations in occupancy levels; rising operating costs; and difficulties in responding to local, State, and Federal requirements.