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Does Private Equity Investment In Healthcare Benefit Patients? Evidence From Nursing Homes

Report Person-Centered Care
February 1, 2021

This report studies the effects of private equity ownership on resident welfare in nursing homes using administrative resident-level data and describes operational elements that help explain the observed effects, including nurse staffing levels and compliance with standards.

Key Takeaways

Private equity ownership has rapidly increased in health care in the past two decades.
This research finds an association between private-equity ownership and higher mortality in nursing homes.
The research also shows an association between private equity and lower nurse staffing and standards compliance.

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