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Pay-for-Performance in Nursing Homes

University of Massachusetts Medical School and Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA.
Health care financing review (Impact Factor: 2.06). 02/2009; 30(3):1-13.
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ABSTRACT Information on the impact of pay-for-performance programs is lacking in the nursing home setting. This literature review (1980-2007) identified 13 prior examples of pay-for-performance programs in the nursing home setting: 7 programs were active as of 2007, while 6 had been terminated. The programs were mostly short-lived, varied considerably in the choice of performance measures and pay incentives, and evaluations of the impact were rare.

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