Nursing homes have manipulated the influential star system in ways that have masked deep problems — and left them unprepared for Covid-19.
They are finding what families say are pretexts to send patients to hospitals for psychiatric care — and then refusing to let them return.
Nursing homes, the center of the pandemic, are seeking tax breaks, federal cash infusions and protection against lawsuits.
Two-thirds of Life Care Center’s residents and 47 of its workers fell ill. Thirty-five people died. We investigated what went wrong.