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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.

https://www.nber.org/system/files/working_papers/w28474/w28474.pdf

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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