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In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag

Promises of “decadent” hot baths on demand, putting greens and gurgling waterfalls to calm the mind: These luxurious touches rarely conjure images of a stay in a nursing home.

But in a cutthroat race for Medicare dollars, nursing homes are turning to amenities like those to lure patients who are leaving a hospital and need short-term rehabilitation after an injury or illness, rather than long-term care at the end of life.

Read more here: New York Times article: In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag

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Unmasked: How California’s largest nursing home chains perform

One nursing home chain operating in California racked up abuse complaints last year at a pace seven times the statewide rate. [Read more…]

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Life and Death in Assisted Living (A PBS Frontline report)

A ProPublica and “Frontline” examination of the multibillion-dollar assisted living industry reveals a mishmash of minimal state regulation and no involvement by federal officials. [Read more…]