Improving Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care in Nursing Homes: The Impact of Policy Innovations in Florida

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Nursing home residents and their families know that the quality of care a home provides depends greatly on the number and type of staff employed. Indeed, a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provided strong evidence of the link between very low staffing and poor quality outcomes, with Florida cited as a state where staffing inadequacies were particularly evident. This study will examine how nursing home providers in Florida responded to financial incentives and legislative mandates to increase nurse staffing. It will also assess the impact that these changes have had on quality outcomes. Not only will the findings give Florida legislators important feedback about the effectiveness of their intervention, they will help policymakers in other states considering similar reforms.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of South Florida/ Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging
Principal Investigator:
Kathryn Hyer
Award Amount:
$222,343.00
Approval Date:
July 12, 2005

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