Prospects For Transferring Nursing Home Residents To The Community

Mor, Vincent; Zinn, Jacqueline; Gozalo, Pedro; Zhanlian Feng; Intrator, Orna; Grabowski, David C.
November 2007
Health Affairs;Nov/Dec2007, Vol. 26 Issue 6, p1762
Academic Journal
The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 calls for states to develop strategies to "deinstitutionalize" nursing home residents. Using Minimum Data Set assessment data from 2005, we calculated the number of nursing home residents classified as "low-care" in each state using both a "narrow" and a "broad" definition. Between 5 percent (narrow) and 12 percent (broad) of the 1.4 million long-stay residents and similar proportions of new ad- missions remaining in a nursing home meet definitions for low care. States with lower in- vestment in community alternatives had higher proportions of low-care nursing home residents.


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