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Third of US patients discharged to nursing homes are harmed during their stay, report says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 10 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2049
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A third of Medicare patients who are discharged to a skilled nursing facility for post-acute care are harmed during their stay at the nursing home, says a new report.1

In the study by the Office of Inspector General at the US Department of Health and Human Services, investigators reviewed the records of 653 randomly selected Medicare beneficiaries whose stay at a skilled nursing facility had lasted a maximum of 35 days and …

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