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Media Roundtable: USA TODAY’s investigation into nursing home failures during COVID-19

On this edition of Your Call's Media Roundtable, we discuss a USA TODAY deep analysis of more than 15,000 nursing homes to find out how they performed during the winter surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths that started in late 2020.

The investigation traced the highest death rate back to one of the country's largest nursing home chains, Trilogy Health Services, which is owned by a real estate investment trust with a new business plan for the cutthroat world of eldercare. The investigation found that residents at Trilogy’s 115 campuses died of COVID-19 last winter at twice the national average for nursing homes based on figures facilities must file weekly with the federal government.

Following the investigation, federal regulator say they will review the official tally of COVID-19 deaths at Trilogy Health Services.


Nick Penzenstadler, reporter on the USA TODAY investigations team

Web Resources:

USA Today: Dying For Care

USA Today: 4 key things to know about USA TODAY’s investigation into nursing home failures during COVID-19

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.