“More Docs Specializing in Nursing Home Care,” by Robert Preidt, HealthDay
“More doctors in the United States are turning to a new clinical specialty — nursing home care. The number of physicians and health care providers concentrating on nursing home patients grew by about one-third between 2012 and 2015, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found. The trend is likely driven by the aging population and increased federal government oversight of nursing homes, the researchers said. . . . The nursing home industry may now be adapting to closer government oversight by employing physicians who specialize in nursing home care, according to the study authors.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
First pay for most nursing home care through Medicaid at less than the cost of care. Then, when quality declines, hire more specialists to improve it. Government health care at work.