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Despite a Shift Away From National Nursing Home Chains, Quality of Care Not Improved

The Health and Human Services is weighing in on the controversy over the impact on quality of care as a result of private equity firm investment in the nursing home sector.  HHS obtained data from Texas to “describe the corporate structures of nursing homes and trends over the past decade,” and “analyze the effect of corporate structure on quality of care and staffing in nursing homes.”

Despite a shift from national chains to regional private investment ownership, and despite the increasing complexity of the ownership structure of nursing homes over the past decade, the HHS report reveals that there has not been any improvement in the quality of care or the staffing of nursing homes.

To read the full report, click here:  http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2009/TXNHown.pdf

 Unfortunately, the increasing complexity of the ownership structure of nursing homes appears to be an attempt to avoid liability for poor care, rather than an attempt to increase quality of care.