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Evaluation of the Wellspring Model for Improving Nursing Home Quality

August 1, 2002

The Cash and Counseling Demonstration is an innovative model of consumer direction and is the first to use a randomized design to compare care quality under agency- and consumer-directed approaches. This report examines the effect of Arkansas’ demonstration program (Independent Choices) on the quality of care.

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Key Takeaways

The Wellspring model improved job quality for workers, while improving quality of care for residents.
The Wellspring model did not require additional funding to implement.
Qualitative evidence suggests that the Wellspring model results in improved quality of life for residents.

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