Differences between Non-Profits and For-Profits in the Hospice Industry: Patient Selection and Quality

Posted: 5 Jul 2008

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Sabina Ohri

Public Policy Institute of California

Abstract

This research compares the behavior of non-profit organizations and private for-profit firms under strong incentives from a government program. Specifically, I study the hospice industry, where there are financial incentives created by the Medicare benefit. After controlling for a number of relevant factors, the results suggest that for-profit hospices differentially take advantage of these incentives. I find evidence of patient selection via referral networks, differences in staff mix, and lower levels of quality in for-profit hospices.

Keywords: ownership, non-profit, Medicare, hospice

JEL Classification: I11

Suggested Citation

Ohri, Sabina, Differences between Non-Profits and For-Profits in the Hospice Industry: Patient Selection and Quality. iHEA 2007 6th World Congress: Explorations in Health Economics Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=994986

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