AHRQ Study Examines Nursing Homes With Pay-for-Performance Programs
Creating a reimbursement context that facilitates the collection and use of reliable local evidence is an important consideration for nursing home leaders contemplating pay-for-performance policies, AHRQ-funded researchers concluded in a study in BMJ. Pay-for-performance programs are used in organizations aiming to improve the quality of care. This study explored ways in which data were collected and used as a result of participation in a pay-for-performance program. Interviews were conducted with 232 employees from 70 nursing homes that participated in pay-for-performance-sponsored quality improvement projects. Interviewees included supervisors, nurses and nursing assistants, therapists, other patient care staff and administrators. Researchers found that data and evidence played an important role in quality improvement project implementation. Nursing home staff discussed using data to identify problems, track progress, motivate employees and increase the marketability of the organization. The study and abstract, “Pay-for-Performance Policy and Data-Driven Decision making Within Nursing Homes,” appeared online March 6.
BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 May;24(5):311-7. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003362. Epub 2015 Mar 6.
Pay-for-performance policy and data-driven decision making within nursing homes: a qualitative study.
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Nursing homes; Pay for performance; Quality improvement
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