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UPMC rakes in $228 million in coronavirus stimulus cash, dwarfing competitors

The enormous handout to the state’s largest hospital chain is the result of a federal formula that rewarded companies based on revenue and medical claims, not actual need.
By Brett Sholtis

How one nursing home is limiting the spread of COVID-19 among veterans

“We had a head start, if you will, in the sense that we had the basic testing equipment in place that we used for other purposes.”
By Susan Phillips

Updated: May 22, 2020 | 2:02 pm

Pa. is mixing coronavirus test results, and that could distort our view of the disease

Pennsylvania is including in its official count not only viral tests that reveal who currently has COVID-19, but also antibody tests that show whether a person was previously infected.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Updated: May 22, 2020 | 9:29 am

Pa. health officials quietly alter erroneous nursing home case, death counts as providers cry foul

Provider associations said publishing erroneous data has sown panic and anger among family members, distrust among nursing home staff, and frustration for providers.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Updated: May 20, 2020 | 2:43 pm

FULL LIST: Pa. releases names of nursing homes with coronavirus cases, deaths

As the number of deaths inside Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities grew, lawmakers and advocates for seniors called on the state and federal government to release the list.
By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Pa. sold nursing home testing plan as ‘universal’ and ‘radical,’ but advocates say it’s optional and insufficient

State officials opted against making testing mandatory, and some fear certain facilities won’t follow their suggestions.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

A day in the life of a nurse working in a COVID-19 unit

Martha Jansen, a registered nurse at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, has been a nurse for 20 years but says she had never seen anything like COVID-19.

By Keira McGuire

Pa.’s largest nurses’ union accuses hospitals of misinforming state officials about protective equipment

The union says health systems are sitting on stockpiles of N95 respirators, leaving nurses without needed protection, as some hospitals restart elective procedures.
By Brett Sholtis
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