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Pennsylvania Health Care Association demands Dept. of Health correct nursing home data

The Pennsylvania Health Care Association is demanding the Department of Health and Wolf Administration correct inaccuracies in their “flawed” report on COVID-19 data in the state’s long-term care facilities.

Zach Shamberg, President and CEO of the PHCA, claims that the Department of Health’s data on the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in PA’s nursing homes is full of “inaccuracies and inconsistencies.”

Today, Shamberg released the following statement: On Tuesday, May 19th, the Pennsylvania Department of Health began publicly reporting facility-specific COVID-19 data for nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living communities and other providers.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, PHCA members have supported transparency and communication, and we have led the charge to publicly post this information.

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However, minutes after the data was published, it became clear it contained inconsistent and inaccurate information about many providers.

The posted data simply did not match with providers’ actual experiences with COVID-19, the information that they have shared with families, residents and staff, or the data they had already submitted to the Department of Health.

For several weeks, long-term care providers and staff have remained in close communication with the family members and loved ones of their residents, providing […]

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