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Medicare / General Accounting Office Report #302056

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 25, 1985
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(Studio) General Acct. Ofc.'s analysis of new Medicare rules, taking effect in 1983, noted released.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) GAO's findings outlined, discussed; implications for med. treatment of the elderly considered. [Senator John HEINZ - believes such patients leave hospital worse than when they entered.] Retha Evron's case cited as example; details given. [Beulah CHESTER - describes mother's eviction from hospital because Medicare limit had been reached.] [OFFICIAL - agrees.] Profit-motive in hospital' s handling of Medicare patients explained. [American Hospital Association spokesperson Jack OWENS - notes current pricing situation results in rapid turnover of patients.] GAO report's concern over implications for home health care facilities and nursing homes outlined. [Home care worker James POTUZNIK - fears industry's future unless regulations are relaxed.] Long-term implications of GAO findings considered.
REPORTER: Chris Kelley

Kelley, Chris;
Rather, Dan

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