URMC Study: Quality Of Care Improving For Minorities Living In Nursing Homes

URMC Study: Quality Of Care Improving For Minorities Living In Nursing Homes

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A new study of nursing homes has found that while disparities continue to exist, the quality of care in homes with higher concentrations of racial and ethnic minority residents has improved.

That according to the lead author of the report, Yue Li, an associate professor at the University of Rochester Department of Public Health Sciences. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, says that the progress in the quality of care appears to be linked to increases in Medicaid payments.

Li says that racial and ethnic disparities in quality of care have long been documented in nursing homes. He says the study shows that recent regulatory, financial and market driven changes have resulted in an improvement not only in homes with higher numbers of minorities, but across the board.

State Medicaid programs are the dominant source of funding for nursing homes, and the study notes that in recent years, states have tried to influence the quality of care by increasing reimbursement rates and linking those payments to improvements.

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