Medicare Paid $5B For Subpar Nursing Home Stays, IG Finds

Law360, New York (February 28, 2013, 5:01 PM EST) -- An inspector general report released Thursday found that Medicare has spent $5.1 billion on stays at skilled nursing facilities, where facilities did not meet the program's requirements for care or discharge planning, the latest in a series of damning reports on the country's nursing homes.

The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that nursing homes often failed to develop or follow plans for the care of patients, and often failed to appropriately plan for discharges.

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