Secret Shopper Data on Private Prices in the Nursing Home Industry From 2008 to 2010

Lacey Loomer, Ashvin Gandhi, Fangli Geng, David C. Grabowski

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Nationwide nursing home private-pay prices at the facility-level have not been available for researchers interested in studying this unique health care market. This study presents a new data source, Caregiverlist, for private-pay prices for private and semiprivate rooms for 12,000 nursing homes nationwide collected between 2008 and 2010. We link these data to publicly available national nursing home-level data sets to examine the relationship between price and nursing home characteristics. We also compare private-pay prices with average private-pay revenues per day for California nursing homes obtained from facilities’ financial filings. On average, private-pay prices were $224 per day for private rooms compared with $197 per day for semiprivate rooms. We find that nursing homes that are nonprofit, urban, hospital-based, have a special care unit, chain-owned, and have higher quality ratings have higher prices. We find average revenues per day in California to be moderately correlated with prices reported by Caregiverlist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMedical Care Research and Review
StateAccepted/In press - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • long-term care
  • nursing home
  • price
  • private-pay

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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