Maryland’s nursing homes, usually among the best in the nation, had an off year in 2007, according to newly published information from the Government Accountability Office. State citations for inflicting residents with “actual harm” or putting them in “immediate jeopardy” were given to 17 percent of Maryland’s 234 nursing homes last year, up from only 8 percent in 2005 and 2006.
2 state nursing homes land on U.S. watch list
Federal officials have placed two Maryland nursing homes on a nationwide watch list that has been made public as a way to alert consumers and push owners to improve conditions.
Nursing home industry fights reforms
Facing a new wave of congressional scrutiny, the nursing home industry is mobilizing some of Washington’s most well-connected lobbyists to fend off tough reform-minded legislation.