White House ready to crack down on nursing homes, cites USA TODAY report



  • White House officials say a recent USA TODAY nursing home survey shows reforms are needed
  • Regulators could impose minimum staffing requirements and tougher penalties for violations
  • Industry groups fear mandates will not come with sufficient funding

President Joe Biden’s health policy advisers cited a USA TODAY survey of nursing home care during the pandemic as evidence of a struggling industry in urgent need of reform to clamp down on bad students and profiteers.

The report, released last week, showed residents of a single Midwest chain with 115 campuses died of COVID-19 last winter at twice the national average for nursing homes, based on the numbers institutions must file weekly with the federal government. Presented at USA TODAY findings, the company said it overstated hundreds of deaths during the wave.

Trilogy is a for-profit company backed by a real estate investment trust, a healthcare investment strategy that has until now operated largely under the radar of federal nursing home regulators. The White House hopes to shed light on the various ways Wall Street benefits from taxpayer-funded health care for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Investigation:This chain of nursing homes stood out with high death rates nationwide as the pandemic peaked

Greater financial transparency is part of a broad package of proposals Biden unveiled as part of the State of the Union address on March 1. He also called for increased reporting of for-profit retirement home ownership, including REITs and private equity; minimum staffing standards; a database to track operators across state lines; and stiffer violation penalties.



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