Lower Quality of Care at Predominantly Black Nursing Homes

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A new study finds that nursing homes that have higher numbers of Black or African American residents, have much lower standards of quality and care, compared to nursing homes that have fewer numbers of black residents.

A new study finds that nursing homes that have higher numbers of Black or African American residents, have much lower standards of quality and care, compared to nursing homes that have fewer numbers of black residents.

The results of the study were published in Health Services Research recently, and found that nursing homes that have high proportions of black residents seem to deliver lower quality of care and perform poorly financially, compared to homes with fewer or no minority patients at all. In these long-term resident facilities, with no black residents or minimal black residents, profit margins are much higher, revenues are much more impressive, and the healthcare outcomes of residents seem to be much better, compared to homes where there are predominantly black residents.

The research included more than 11,000 American nursing homes.  Homes with predominantly Black or African American residents typically rely more on Medicaid compared to others. That means the reimbursement rates in these nursing homes are much lower, compared to other nursing homes that are on the private pay or self- pay model.

The kind of quality data parameters that the researchers looked into while analyzing and comparing nursing homes included the ratio of nursing staff to patients, the kind of help that staff members provided patients in walking and getting out of bed, pressure ulcer prevention success, rate of success in the prevention of urinary tract infections, medication error rates, citations by government agencies and a number of other factors.

California nursing home abuse lawyers find from this research that nursing homes with predominantly black patients had lower operating costs, lower revenues, and very tight operating margins. Deficiency citations in these homes were more common, while pressure ulcer prevention success was minimal.

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