You are most likely aware that the 44 groups found in the RUG-III are based largely on nursing minutes of care. These minutes are broken down into Registered Nurse (RN) Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and Nursing Assistant (NA) These designations are similar to ones used in Canada. Only in Canada they might refer to an LPN instead of a LVN or a PCA instead of an NA. Given that these minutes of care have been made available by HCFA it is possible to work out the expected minutes of care for each RUG-III group. Extending this further one can calculate the expected nursing staff for each RUG-III and therefore the expected staffing level for a given facility, both on a daily and per shift basis. I have included an analysis where I have done exactly that. These are the results from data collected from 72 of our chronic care sites (in the USA a Skilled Nursing Facility or SNF). I am hoping that individuals receiving the email could review and comment on the results. A. Paul Beaulne Director, RAI Canada Research Network 577 Kingston Road Toronto, Ontario M4E 1R3, Canada [EMAIL PROTECTED] HTTP:\\WWW.RAI.TO Phone 1-800-387-8903 FAX 1-416-686-3861 _______________________________________________________________________ List hosting provided by Directions Magazine | www.directionsmag.com | To unsubscribe, send e-mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED] and put "unsubscribe MapInfo-L" in the message body.