As COVID-19 Numbers Improve, Florida Considers Nursing Home Visits

By Greg Allen, NPR, August 4 2020 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference Monday along with Dr. Joshua Lenchus, chief medical officer of Broward Health Medical Center. DeSantis says he’s exploring ways to open nursing homes for family member visits. Wilfredo Lee/AP Officials in Florida say cases of the coronavirus are continuing to decline, an indication that efforts to halt the spread of the disease are working.

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Nursing home companies accused of misusing federal money received hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic relief

By Debbie Cenziper, Joel Jacobs and Shawn Mulcahy, The Washington Post, August 4 2020 Nursing home companies sued for Medicare fraud in recent years received more than $300 million in coronavirus relief payments. The allegations include putting elderly residents into unnecessary therapy services and delaying patients’ release to reap higher Medicare payments. (N/A/Getty Images) For-profit nursing home providers that have faced accusations of Medicare fraud and kickbacks, labor violations or widespread failures in patient care received hundreds of millions of dollars in “no strings attached” coronavirus relief aid meant to cover shortfalls and expenses during the pandemic, a Washington Post analysis of federal spending found.

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