Ohio releases nursing home quality data as funding debated

Ohio releases nursing home quality data as funding debated

By JULIE CARR SMYTH
AP Statehouse Correspondent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - New data on nursing homes across Ohio show smaller facilities tend to perform better than larger ones and not-for-profit facilities earn high marks more often than for-profit homes do.

The report comes as Republican Gov. John Kasich is pushing a budget proposal to replace Ohio's guaranteed payment system for nursing homes with a competitive system that financially rewards facilities for maintaining higher quality.

A department memo says the current funding formula is partially to blame for Ohio falling below average on 10 critical nursing facility quality measures, because it doesn't reward quality or quality improvements.

The House budget delays Kasich's proposed changes to 2021. The bill's now before the Senate.

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