TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A federal report launched Tuesday signifies that 40 p.c of Medicare beneficiaries in nursing houses had been identified with COVID-19 in 2020 or had been assumed to have COVID-19 however had been by no means formally examined.
Launched by the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers Workplace of the Inspector Basic, the evaluation additionally confirmed that about half of Black, Hispanic and Asian Medicare beneficiaries in nursing houses had COVID-19, in comparison with 41 p.c of white beneficiaries within the amenities.
In total dying charges — not simply deaths attributable to COVID-19 — the report confirmed that 22.5 p.c of Medicare beneficiaries in nursing houses died in 2020, in comparison with 17 p.c in 2019.
That translated to an extra 169,291 individuals who died. And whereas mortality charges elevated for Black, Hispanic Asian, and white beneficiaries, the dying charges elevated most amongst Asian beneficiaries.
Twenty-seven p.c of Asian Medicare beneficiaries died in nursing houses in 2020, in comparison with 17 p.c in 2019. By comparability, 23 p.c of Black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries died in nursing houses in 2020, in comparison with 15 p.c in 2019.
The variety of white Medicare beneficiaries in nursing houses who died was 24 p.c in 2020, up from 18 p.c in 2019.
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