A comparison of quality measures between for-profit and nonprofit medicare-certified home health agencies in Michigan

Kathryn L. Haldiman, Huey-Ming Tzeng

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This exploratory study investigated the differences in the means of quality measures between for-profit and nonprofit Medicare-certified home health agencies in Michigan. The research question was: Do nonprofit agencies provide higher quality of care than for-profit agencies? Twelve publicly available quality measures were retrieved in May 2009 and used for analysis. Independent t tests found significant differences between for-profit and nonprofit agencies on 6 of the 12 measures, with for-profit agencies performing better on 5 measures. The relative value of both types of ownership should be recognized. Future research may focus on using standardized quality measures to explore further the impact of profit orientation on home health quality of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-90
Number of pages16
JournalHome Health Care Services Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • For-profit organizations
  • Home care agencies
  • Home care services
  • Home health care agencies
  • Medicare
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Ownership
  • Quality of health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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