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Performance-based incentive program improves quality of care in SNFs

September 12, 2013
by Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Results from a study by researchers at The Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University [IU] Center for Aging Research found that nursing home care improved when state government and nursing home providers work together. Upfront funding was available to selected facilities to support their evidence-based projects and enable them to put plans into action. Falls and rehospitalizations are two critical areas of care that showed positive results when addressed by performance-based incentives.

Researchers analyzed data from the Minnesota Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) to determine its impact on improving the quality of care in participating nursing homes. Participating and nonparticipating nursing facilities showed similar operating costs, nursing hours per resident day, quality scores and improvement trends, according to the analysis.

“Minnesota’s PIPP approach, with its focus on provider-initiated and evidenced-based practices, resulted in collaboration, high buy-in and significant quality improvement in a wide range of areas,” said Greg Arling, PhD, IU Center for Aging Research scientist and associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine in a press release.

The analysis of the findings is published in September issue of Health Affairs.

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