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Medicaid covers about two-thirds of nursing home residents, but it pays less than other types of insurance.
Nearly half of state hospitals received a grade of C or lower for patient safety on a report card aimed at prodding them to do more to prevent injuries and deaths.
The nonprofit Leapfrog Group shows nearly half of California hospitals got a grade of C, D or F in patient safety measures — an increase from two years ago.
State data show all but one of Anthem’s Medi-Cal managed care plans rate below average according to widely used measures of patient care. Centene runs the three lowest-performing plans statewide.
Hospitals rarely help patients find the best nursing home. When they do advise, hospitals sometimes push their own facilities.
Medicare will withhold an estimated $528 million in 2017 from more than 2,500 hospitals — including 225 in California — that have too many patients returning within 30 days.
Nine hospitals in California were among the 102 that did get the highest score.
Medicare offers star ratings of agencies’ quality and of patients’ perceptions, but often they don’t match up.
Intestine invader “C. diff” proves tough to kill.