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Covid’s Wallop Reached 2 of 5 Medicare Nursing Home Residents

June 22, 2021, 10:10 PM

About 40% of Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes were diagnosed with Covid-19 in 2020 or were likely infected, including half of Black, Hispanic, and Asian enrollees and 41% of white beneficiaries, new federal data shows.

In addition, nearly 1,000 more beneficiaries died each day in nursing homes in April 2020 than in 2019, according to the report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. In that month alone, 81,484 Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes died.

The findings, based on Medicare claims data for all beneficiaries in U.S. nursing homes, showed that overall mortality rates for ...

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