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Senate panel to investigate deaths at long-term care facilities

New York Times, March 9, 2010

The Senate Finance Committee has opened an investigation into patient deaths and allegations of substandard treatment at long-term care hospitals. The investigation focuses on the Select Medical Corporation, a for-profit corporation that runs 89 long-term care hospitals, more than any other company. In a letter sent to Select’s chief executive, Robert Ortenzio, the committee's top two senators demanded that Select provide records about staffing levels and quality at its hospitals, the New York Times reports.