Regulating Nurse Staffing Agencies

Lisa Grabert, MPH

April 4th, 2022

At the height of the COVID-19 Omicron surge, 31 percent of hospitals and 85 percent of nursing homes reported critical staffing shortages.

A recent survey of health care organizations found 95 percent have relied on temporary allied staffing in 2021. Over 200 bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives have expressed concern over staffing agencies who are “vastly inflating price by three or more times pre-pandemic rates, and then taking 40 percent or more in profits.” These representatives and several organizations have pressed the Biden administration to act swiftly. This debate series examines the pros and cons of federal oversight of nurse staffing agencies.