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Maggots, Rape and Yet Five Stars: How U.S. Ratings of Nursing Homes Mislead the Public

Nursing homes have manipulated the influential star system in ways that have masked deep problems — and left them unprepared for Covid-19.

Carrie Johnson was recuperating at Brookdale Richmond Place in Lexington, Ky., after spinal fusion surgery. An untreated infection left her unable to walk or even stand. Credit...Jessica Ebelhar for The New York Times


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