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Profit and pain: How California’s largest nursing home chain amassed millions as scrutiny mounted

California's largest for-profit nursing home chain pays millions for rent and other services to related companies controlled by its owners. Watchdog groups are lobbying the Biden administration to force more disclosure of the industry practice.
  • Dec 31, 2020

51 lost lives: A portrait of the pandemic’s tragic toll in America’s nursing homes

The 51 residents whose stories are told here, one from every state and the District of Columbia, left behind at least 129 children, 230 grandchildren, 210 great-grandchildren and 41 great-great-grandchildren.
  • Dec 22, 2020

White House sidestepped FDA to distribute hydroxychloroquine to pharmacies, documents show. Trump touted the pills to treat covid-19.

The White House directed the distribution of 23 million ineffective and potentially dangerous hydroxychloroquine tablets to coronavirus patients in hard-hit areas around the country, setting aside the mandatory safety controls put in place by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Oct 31, 2020

As pandemic raged and thousands died, government regulators cleared most nursing homes of infection-control violations

All told, nursing homes that received a clean bill of health earlier this year saw about 290,000 coronavirus cases and 43,000 deaths among residents and staff, state and federal data shows.
  • Oct 29, 2020

Nursing home companies accused of misusing federal money received hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic relief

All told, nursing home companies sued for Medicare fraud in recent years received more than $300 million in relief payments.Millions more went to nursing homes with widely publicized breakdowns during the pandemic.
  • Aug 4, 2020

Inspection finds widespread infection-control failures at facility that gave veterans hydroxychloroquine

Nursing home administrators had no plans in place to manage sick patients, conduct contact tracing and investigations or protect residents from “cross-contamination, infection, virus[es] and disease,” according to the June inspection.
  • Jul 21, 2020

The ‘Covid Cocktail’: Inside a Pa. nursing home that gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing

For more than two weeks in April, a drug regimen that included hydroxychloroquine was routinely dispensed at the struggling center, often for patients who had not been tested for covid-19 and for those who suffered from medical conditions known to raise the risk of dangerous side effects, interviews, emails and medical notes and records obtained by The Washington Post show.
  • Jul 7, 2020

As opioids flooded tribal lands across the U.S., overdose deaths skyrocketed

In states like Oklahoma, with 38 Native American tribes, the deluge of pain pills rivaled hard-hit Appalachia.
  • Jun 29, 2020

A Native American tribe plans to build an opioid treatment center, but neighbors have vowed to block it

A classic ‘not in my backyard’ fight has erupted in the Pacific Northwest over a recovery center for an area hit hard by addiction and overdose deaths.
  • Jun 18, 2020