Ownership Status and Home Health Care Performance

Source: David C. Grabowski, Haiden A. Huskamp, David G. Stevenson, Nancy L. Keating, Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Volume 21, Issue 2 April 2009
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From the abstract:
Few studies have analyzed for-profit and nonprofit differences in the home health care sector. Using data from the National Home and Hospice Care Survey, we found that patients in nonprofit agencies were more likely to be discharged within 30 days under Medicare cost-based payment compared to patients in for-profit agencies. However, this difference in length of enrollment did not translate into meaningful differences in discharge outcomes between nonprofit and for-profit patients, suggesting that–under a cost-based payment system–nonprofits may behave more efficiently relative to for-profits. These results highlight the importance of organizational and payment factors in the delivery of home health care services.

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