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IG: Feds need new way to measure nursing home quality

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A high number of nursing home residents on Medicare are being hospitalized, showing a need for new way to measure nursing home quality, the U.S. Health and Human Services inspector general said this week. More than 825,000 Medicare residents in nursing home care were transferred to hospitals in 2011 — an action costing the agency $14.3 billion. At 1,059 nursing homes (nearly 7 percent of...

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