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Federal and State Nursing Facility Websites: Just What the Consumer Needs?

Harrington, C., Collier, E., O'Meara, J., Kitchener, Martin James, Simon, L. P. and Schnelle, J. F. 2003. Federal and State Nursing Facility Websites: Just What the Consumer Needs? American Journal of Medical Quality 18 (1) , pp. 21-38. 10.1177/106286060301800105

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Abstract

Since the introduction of the Medicare Nursing Home Compare website in 1999, some states have begun to develop their own websites to help consumers compare nursing facilities (NFs). This article presents a brief conceptual framework for the type of information needed for an Internet-based information system and analyzes existing federal and state NF websites, using data collected from a survey completed in 2002. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have a variety of information on NFs, similar to the information on the Medicare website. Information on characteristics and deficiencies of a facility is the most commonly available, but a few states have data on ownership, staffing indicators, quality indicators, complaints, and enforcement actions. Other types of data, such as resident characteristics, staff turnover rates, and financial indicators, are generally not available. Although many states are making progress toward providing consumers with information, there are gaps that exist, which if filled, could provide consumers with a better tool for facility selection and monitoring the quality of care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consumer information; nursing facilities; nursing facility websites; quality
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1062-8606
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/39737

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