Cost Control in Nursing Homes by Means of Economies of Scale and Care Profile Optimization

Hoess, Victoria; Bachler, Adi; Ostermann, Herwig; Staudinger, Roland
January 2009
Nursing Economic$;Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p45
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the significance of care profile optimization and the economies of scale in controlling cost in nursing homes in Tyrolean, Austria. Study reveals that the composition of nursing home residents in terms of their care needs influences the average cost development. This could be attributed to the change of the facility's size or the influence of average care level. It suggests that cost reductions can be attained by increasing its size or improving care level distribution.


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