Investigation: Greed over care at US nursing homes

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As part of a four-month investigation, The Conversation has uncovered significant abuse and neglect of elderly Americans at midsize nursing home chains. These chains, which each operate between 11 and 100 facilities across the U.S., are among the worst in the industry – with the fastest rising number of government fines and patient lawsuits.

Operating under poorly enforced regulations and insignificant penalties, these for-profit companies foster an environment where churn is rife and corners are frequently cut, endangering patient health. All the while, the owners siphon off money through a byzantine series of interconnected corporations.

The investigation – by reporter Sean Campbell and Charlene Harrington, a renowned expert on nursing homes at the University of California, San Francisco – reveals an industry that places a premium on big profits at the expense of staffing and quality; it exposes how America is failing its most vulnerable citizens, all to bloat the bottom line of for-profit nursing homes. 

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The for-profit nursing home sector is growing, while placing a premium on cost cutting and big profits. picture alliance via Getty Images

For-profit nursing homes are cutting corners on safety and draining resources with financial shenanigans − especially at midsize chains that dodge public scrutiny

Sean Campbell, The Conversation; Charlene Harrington, University of California, San Francisco

Owners of midsize nursing home chains drain billions from facilities, hiding behind opaque accounting practices and harming the elderly as government, which has the power to stop it, falls short.

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