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ERIC Number: EJ696311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9013
Factors Predicting Lawsuits against Nursing Homes in Florida 1997-2001
Johnson, Christopher E.; Dobalian, Aram; Burkhard, Janet; Hedgecock, Deborah K.; Harman, Jeffrey
Gerontologist, v44 n3 p339 Jun 2004
Purpose: We explore how nursing home characteristics affect the number of lawsuits filed against the facilities in Florida during the period from 1997 to 2001. Design and Methods: We examined data from 478 nursing homes in 30 Florida counties from 1997 to 2001. We obtained the data from Westlaw's Adverse Filings: Lawsuits database, the Online Survey, Certification, and Reporting system database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and state complaint surveys, and we also used primary data. We used negative binomial regression to explain total lawsuit variance by year. We controlled for acuity and year effects, and our explanatory variables included (a) facility characteristics--including staffing, number of beds, multistate system membership, and for-profit ownership--and (b) quality measures--including total number and type of state licensing survey deficiencies, pressure-sore development, and medication errors per resident. Results: Higher registered nurse and certified nursing assistant staffing levels were associated with Fewer lawsuits. More deficiencies on the licensing survey and larger and for-profit nursing homes were positively related with higher numbers of lawsuits. Implications: This study suggests that nursing homes that meet long-stay staffing standards, meet minimum quality measures, are not for profit, and are smaller will experience fewer lawsuits.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida