Harrowing blame game over COVID-19 toll in nursing homes

In this April 17, 2020, file photo, a patient is wheeled into Cobble Hill Health Center by emergency medical workers in the Brooklyn borough of New York. AP photo/John Minchillo, file photo
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press A grim blame game with partisan overtones is breaking out over COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, a tiny slice of the population that represents a high proportion of Americans who have perished in the pandemic. The Trump administration has been pointing to a segment of the industry – facilities with low federal ratings for infection control – and to some Democratic governors who required nursing homes to take recovering coronavirus patients. Homes that followed federal infection control guidelines were largely able to contain the virus, Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, which sets standards and pays the bills, said. “Trying to finger-point and blame the federal governmen
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