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Inquiry. 2017 Jan-Dec;54:46958017742761. doi: 10.1177/0046958017742761.

What Happens to a Nursing Home Chain When Private Equity Takes Over? A Longitudinal Case Study.

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1 Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
2
2 University of California, San Francisco, USA.

Abstract

We analyzed what happens to a nursing home chain when private equity takes over, with regard to strategy, financial performance, and resident well-being. We conducted a longitudinal (2000-2012) case study of a large nursing home chain that triangulated qualitative and quantitative data from 5 different data sources. Results show that private equity owners continued and reinforced several strategies that were already put in place before the takeover, including a focus on keeping staffing levels low; the new owners added restructuring, rebranding, and investment strategies such as establishing new companies, where the nursing home chain served as an essential "launch customer."

KEYWORDS:

care quality; nursing homes; private equity; staffing; strategy

PMID:
29161948
PMCID:
PMC5798733
DOI:
10.1177/0046958017742761
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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