Title

Nursing home price and quality responses to publicly reported quality information

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2012

Abstract

Objective To assess whether the release of Nursing Home Compare (NHC) data affected self-pay per diem prices and quality of care. Data Sources Primary data sources are the Annual Survey of Wisconsin Nursing Homes for 2001-2003, Online Survey and Certification Reporting System, NHC, and Area Resource File. Study Design We estimated fixed effects models with robust standard errors of per diem self-pay charge and quality before and after NHC. Principal Findings After NHC, low-quality nursing homes raised their prices by a small but significant amount and decreased their use of restraints but did not reduce pressure sores. Mid-level and high-quality nursing homes did not significantly increase self-pay prices after NHC nor consistently change quality. Conclusions Our findings suggest that the release of quality information affected nursing home behavior, especially pricing and quality decisions among low-quality facilities. Policy makers should continue to monitor quality and prices for self-pay residents and scrutinize low-quality homes over time to see whether they are on a pathway to improve quality. In addition, policy makers should not expect public reporting to result in quick fixes to nursing home quality problems. © Health Research and Educational Trust.

Publication Title

Health Services Research

Volume

47

Issue

1 PART 1

First Page

86

Last Page

105

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01306.x

PubMed ID

22092366

ISSN

00179124

E-ISSN

14756773

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