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Hospitalizations of nursing homes residents: the role of reimbursement policies
© Ashton; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
- Received: 19 January 2014
- Accepted: 21 January 2014
- Published: 23 January 2014
Factors which contribute to hospitalization of nursing home residents are multiple and complex. They include dimensions of the policy setting as well as patient management practices. In seeking interventions to reduce such hospitalizations, most research has focussed on changing patient management. But provider reimbursement policies may also influence the decision to hospitalize nursing home residents. This includes payments to hospitals and general practitioners as well as to the nursing homes themselves. Differences in payment methods may mean that interventions that work well in one setting do not work well in another.
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- Nursing Home
- Nursing Home Resident
- Advanced Care Planning
- Reimbursement Policy
- Avoidable Hospitalization
Toni Ashton, PhD, is Professor of health economics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her main research interests are in the funding and organization of health systems and health care reform, with much of her recent research focusing on various dimensions of health reform in New Zealand. She has co-authored three books, and is on the editorial board of five academic journals, including the Israel Journal of Health Policy Research.
Thank you to my colleagues, Martin Connolly, Michal Boyd, Joanna Broad and Ngaire Kerse for their helpful suggestions.
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