Billing Medicare at the highest rates
Nationally, about 30 percent of nursing home residents needing rehabilitation are put into the five most expensive of the 23 Medicare billing categories. A Washington Post analysis found that some homes have more than 80 percent of their residents in these billing categories. This "upcoding" has drawn the concern of federal regulators. For each county, you can see the number of skilled nursing facilities, the share of patients in these five "ultra-high" billing categories and the average number of stars awarded to the homes by Medicare for overall quality (stars are assigned from a low of one to a high of five).
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