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Medicare Paid $5.1 Billion for Inadequate Nursing Homes

Medicare paid $5.1 billion to nursing homes in 2009 that failed to meet quality-of-care requirements, U.S. government investigators said.

Reviewers found examples of poor quality of care, including services related to wound and medication management, the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general said in a report today. The analysis builds on a separate report last year that showed Medicare paid $1.5 billion more to nursing homes than they were owed in 2009 because the facilities erroneously billed a quarter of their claims.