Differences Between Newly Admitted Nursing Home Residents in Rural and Nonrural Areas in a National Sample
This research investigates whether differences in acuity are a function of differences in resident payer status and occur for both individuals admitted for short stays, with Medicare as payer, and those needing chronic care. Results of the analyses indicated that non-Medicare residents admitted to rural nursing facilities have lower acuity scores than non-Medicare residents admitted to metropolitan nursing homes. Individuals admitted under Medicare were similar in rural and urban areas.
Southwest Rural Health Research Center
Jane Bolin, Charles Phillips, Catherine Hawes