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January 2, 1967


JAMA. 1967;199(1):A17-A19. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120010013003

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Medicare Nursing Homes—  The nursing home benefit part of Medicare went into effect the first of the year with a majority of the nation's nursing homes still not certified.The Social Security Administration had predicted that as of the first of the year some 2,500 nursing homes would be certified and added that several hundred more will receive clearance within the following few weeks. Although there are some 13,000 nursing homes licensed in this country, Social Security Administrator Robert M. Ball has said that only 4,000 homes probably could meet the federal requirements.The eligible homes will be able to take care of 125,000 to 150,000 medicare patients, according to preliminary estimates. This will be 75,000 short of those needed for medicare beneficiaries, it was expected.The Medicare law provides skilled nursing home, or "extended care" benefits for elderly patients discharged from hospitals but not well enough to go home.