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October 29, 2020

Health Law Daily

DOJ Expands Investigation Into COVID-19 Deaths In New York Nursing Homes

  • October 29, 2020

The AP (10/28, Condon, Sedensky) reports, “The U.S. Justice Department vastly expanded an inquiry Wednesday that could determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents, demanding detailed data from hundreds of private facilities.” The federal department’s “demand ratchets up pressure on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after months of bipartisan criticism that the state’s official tally of 6,722 dead at long-term care facilities is probably off by thousands.” That is “because New York, unlike nearly every other state, counts only residents who died on a nursing home’s property and not those who died after being taken to a hospital.”
      The Hill (10/28, Choi) reports, “The DOJ has asked for data from hundreds of nursing home facilities, a request...Cuomo’s administration has refused.”