Volume 53 | Number S1 | August 2018

Abstract List

Young Joo Park M.P.P., Erika G. Martin Ph.D.


We test whether nursing homes serving predominately low‐income and racial minority residents (compositional explanation) or located in neighborhoods with higher concentrations of low‐income and racial minority residents (contextual explanation) have worse financial outcomes and care quality.

Data Sources

Healthcare Cost Report Information System, Nursing Home Compare, Online Survey Certification and Reporting Certification, and American Community Survey.

Study Design

A cross‐sectional study design of nursing homes within U.S. metropolitan areas.

Data Collection/Extraction Methods

Data were obtained from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and U.S. Census Bureau.

Principal Findings

Medicaid‐dependent nursing homes have a 3.5 percentage point lower operating ratio. Those serving primarily racial minorities have a 2.64‐point lower quality rating. A 1 percent increase in the neighborhood population living in poverty is associated with a 1.20‐point lower quality rating, on a scale from 10 to 50, and a 1 percent increase in the portion of neighborhood black residents is associated with a 0.8 percentage point lower operating ratio and a 0.37 lower quality rating.


Medicaid dependency (compositional effect) and concentration of racial minority residents in neighborhoods (contextual effect) are associated with higher fiscal stress and lower quality of care, indicating that nursing homes’ geographic location may exacerbate long‐term care inequalities.