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Analysis: New Mexico nursing homes worst in nation
May 21

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ A recent analysis says New Mexico nursing homes are the worst in the nation.

The Albuquerque Journal reports an analysis by the investigative journalism organization ProPublica showed that of 74 Medicare- and Medicaid-certified homes located in New Mexico, inspectors reported serious deficiencies in 36 of them between 2015 and April 2018.

Reports filed with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicate more than 2,217 infractions were reported in New Mexico-based nursing homes in recent years.

Reported infractions range from the relatively minor (failing to give adequate notice before switching roommates, not promptly delivering mail) to the potentially deadly (improper fire safety precautions, abuse of residents).

A spokesman for the New Mexico Department of Health's Division of Health Improvement said in a statement that the department ``take(s) seriously our role to protect New Mexico's elderly population.''


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

By The Associated Press, Copyright 2019