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Medicare looking for answers in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Medicare officials wonder why the per capita cost for long-term acute care services in Santa Cruz County is the lowest in the nation — $17 vs. a national average of $80 — so they sent a team to look for answers.

About 50 people gathered Thursday at Cabrillo College at the invitation of the Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County for an inquiry that is part of a yearlong innovation project funded by Medicare. Doctors, nurses and officials from hospitals, nursing homes and hospice participated.

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