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
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