Ohio nursing facilities increase efficiency, maintain quality
A new study released by Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University compared quality measures before and after the state shifted to a new nursing facility reimbursement model in 2006. Researchers did not find any erosion of quality despite significant changes in reimbursement. The new system reduced variation between the highest and lowest priced facilities from $140 to $77 dollars a day, primarily as a result of increased direct care staffing levels for lower priced facilities and reductions in direct care staffing levels for higher priced facilities. As a result of the 2006 reimbursement reform, Ohio's nursing facility rates went from sixth highest in the nation in 2003 to 21st and in line with the national average by 2009.
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