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The nation's nursing home industry is under the gun.
Medicare has cut payments. The government is doing more to fight fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. And the Clinton administration has cracked down on the quality of care.
Many companies are awash in red ink as they cope with the changes.
Journal investigative reporter Thom Cole's four-month investigation sheds light on a troubled industry and how well it does -- and doesn't -- take care of some of the nation's most vulnerable citizens.

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  • Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999
    Sun Healthcare's Troubles Stretch Into Britain
    These are financially tough times for the nursing-home industry in Britain -- just as they are in the United States.

  • New Rules Will Replace Almost No Regulation
  • Facilities Tend To Be Smaller
  • Some Britons Bitter Over Payment Ruling

    Sunday, Sept. 4, 1999
    Sun Investor Faces Texas-Size Troubles
    Peter "Woody" Kern is one of the biggest nursing-home operators in Texas, where he and his companies have a history of criminal, civil and regulatory troubles. He's also the No. 2 individual stockholder in Albuquerque-based Sun Healthcare Group, one of the nation's largest nursing-home chains.

    Part 4: Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999

  • Pressing for Cash
  • Feds Ask States To Ensure Good Patient Care
  • N.M. Senators Would Revisit Issue
  • Medicare Cuts May Be Saving More Than Hoped

    Part 3: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999
  • Awash in Red Ink
  • Patient Advocates Sue Firms Over Care Quality
  • Assessing Sun's Performance
  • Sun's Response

    Part 2: Monday, Aug. 2, 1999

  • Managing Every Penny
  • Inattentiveness Hastened Death, Family Says
  • N.M. Homes Cited More Often for Deficient Care
  • Official: Nurse Aides Need Raise
  • North Albuquerque Home Faces $100,000 Fine

    Part 1: Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999

  • Medicare Reforms Have Sent Firms Reeling
  • Horror Stories Become Commonplace
  • Seeking Remedy
  • Integrated Chief Prospered
  • GAO Found Array Of Overcharges By Providers
  • Some Basics

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