Study: State's private pay facilities deliver better care

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Nursing homes in Washington state with high numbers of Medicaid beneficiaries provide worse care than private pay facilities, a new study finds.

Residents of nursing homes with the greatest number of Medicaid beneficiaries received on average a half-hour less of direct care daily and nearly $11 less per day in expenditures compared to facilities with more private pay residents, according to the study released by the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations.

Also, more residents in homes with higher numbers of Medicaid beneficiaries, spent most of their time in a bed or chair compared to facilities with less Medicaid residents. Also, more residents who lived in facilities with higher Medicaid enrollment had bedsores. The study analyzed data for 246 homes in the state.