Nov 20, 2019

Government nursing home database flags 5% of facilities for abuse or neglect

New Jersey, Morristown, nursing home residents. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

A government nursing home database has begun flagging those recently cited for abuse or neglect, the Wall Street Journal reports.

By the numbers: Of the 15,262 facilities in the database, 760 — or about 5% — have been flagged with a red icon.

  • The marks are updated monthly, and go away after the facility goes a year without an abuse citation.

What they're saying: Nursing home industry executives said the marks were misleading and could damage facilities' reputations, while consumer advocates pointed out that many cases of abuse go undiscovered or unreported.

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Buttigieg's new plan for long-term care

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South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is out this morning with a new plan to shore up long-term care, along with other retirement-related priorities.

Why it matters: Older people caucus, and long-term care is an enormous strain on millions of families.

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More older Americans rely on Medicare and Medicaid

Data: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Retirement in America is growing less secure, physically and financially, given the omnipresent threat and cost of serious illness or disease.

Why it matters: Qualifying for Medicare does not guarantee that older adults will skirt potentially ruinous medical bills. Millions of seniors have also come to rely on the taxpayer-funded program for lower income people — Medicaid — and there's no indication that will slow down.

Go deeperArrowNov 16, 2019

Catholic Church faces "astronomical" liability

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17 years after the Boston Globe published its groundbreaking reporting on sexual abuse by priests, the Catholic Church faces a historic crisis of legal liability.

The big picture: The Church could be on the hook for more than $4 billion in damages, the AP estimates.

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