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Woodbury Nursing Home Operators Suspected Of Undercounting COVID-Related Deaths

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New York prosecutors have issued subpoenas to the operators of a nursing home in Woodbury, Long Island. Investigators said the facility undercounted the number of coronavirus-related deaths.

The state attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has cracked down on operations at Cold Spring Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The inquiry follows a Newsday investigation last month that found Cold Spring Hills only reported 35 COVID-19 related deaths to the state. The report does not include nursing home residents who were transferred to hospitals before their death.

That puts the number of deaths around 116 from March until June.

Its operator also oversees 163 nursing homes in 18 states. The state fraud unit seeks records that could point to mismanagement in the nursing home and other facilities. Investigators have already contacted current and former employees at Cold Spring Hills.