State Nursing Home Quality Improvement Programs: Site Visit and Synthesis Report. A Brief Description of Texas' Nursing Home Industry


To put Texas in context with the other study states, we have included some comparative data from the American HealthCare Association's 2001 State Summaries of Nursing Facilities.7 As of Spring 2001, there were 1,251 nursing facilities in Texas, with 87,299 residents. Texas facilities are slightly smaller than those in the rest of the country, with an average of 102 beds per facility (vs. 108 nationwide). More of Texas' facilities are for-profit (81 percent vs. 65 percent nationwide) and more are part of a multi-facility chain (72 percent vs. 55 percent nationwide). Median nursing facility occupancy in Texas is substantially lower than in the country as a whole (73 percent vs. 87 percent). Direct care staff hours per resident, according to the OSCAR data reported by AHCA are somewhat lower than the national average (3.09 hours per resident day vs. 3.24 hours).

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