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Medicare Cuts Off Payments To Florida Nursing Home Where Residents Died After The Hurricane

Fourteen residents died after the facility lost air conditioning. Florida's two senators have called for a congressional investigation. The nursing home had previously announced it would close permanently.

Miami Herald: Feds To Cut Medicare For Hollywood Hills Nursing Home After Residents Died
Federal regulators on Thursday said they are cutting off Medicare, a crucial financial lifeline, to the Hollywood Hills nursing home where residents died from sweltering heat after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to the facility’s air conditioning and forced an emergency evacuation in September. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, also imposed a penalty of $20,965 a day for the three days that the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power to its air conditioning unit, from Sept. 10 — when Irma made landfall in Florida — to Sept. 13, when the facility was evacuated as its residents wilted. (Chang, 10/12)

Sun Sentinel: Rubio Joins Nelson In Call For Senate Probe Of Hollywood Nursing Home Deaths
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday the Senate committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid should investigate what led to the deaths of 14 residents of a Hollywood nursing home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson asked the Senate Finance Committee two weeks ago to investigate what happened at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. (Man, 10/12)

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