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In the abyss of bad economic news, a report last week found that there were 500 nursing home jobs lost last month. One possible reason for the cutback: the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Medicare reimbursements would be cut by 11.1%, or almost $4 billion.

It is a tough situation. Sub-par nursing homes are already finding creative ways to cut costs and avoid spending what they should to keep our seniors safe and well cared for in Maryland nursing homes.

If we see a surge in Maryland nursing home lawsuits where the date of injury starts after today (claims will lag behind), we should not be surprised.

A new study in the American Journal of Infection Control found that 15% of our nursing homes received poor marks for controlling infection.

Things are a little dirty. Okay. So what? The “so what?” answer makes you do a double take: infections kill 400,000 nursing home residents each year.

It is important to make clear that due diligence from the nursing home would not have changed the outcome for the vast majority of these people. Still. That is an incredible stat. The Internet provides so much great information but one of the great downsides is statistics are more meaningless than ever, even good statistics. If an unassailable study came out that said kids who have first names starting with the letter “S” scored 200 points higher on the SATs, people would start naming their kids Sarah and Steve for a few weeks and then everyone would forget about it.

The Baltimore County Department of Aging has put out a nice summary of the Maryland COMAR regulations covering nursing homes. COMAR is the official compilation of all administrative regulations issued by Maryland state agencies.

If you think you have been a victim of nursing home medical malpractice in Maryland, call 800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation.

This is another “anywhere else than Maryland” wrongful death nursing home verdict. A jury in Kentucky awarded $42.75 million to a 92-year-old man’s family who claimed neglect during a nine-day stay at a nursing home, saying the home’s neglect led to the man’s death, according to court documents.

Put this in context. In Maryland, the maximum recovery in this case – excluding any medical bills – would have been $812,500.

A new American Association of Justice report entitled “Standing Up for Seniors” underscores that nursing home lawsuits help improve nursing home care for the 1.5 million Americans who are in nursing homes.

No one is surprised that a significant number of our nursing homes are disaster areas, the antithesis of the environment in which people should spend their final years. Nursing homes have become big business in this country and less care equals more profits. The general public gets this and we are taking steps to try to improve the nursing home problem in this country. There are many laws and regulations aimed at protecting nursing home residents.

But the problem with nursing homes and laws that restrict them is analogous to the arms race between police and drivers with radar and radar detectors. Maryland comes up with a new nursing home law to restrain and monitor nursing homes, and the nursing homes come up with some sort of way to technically comply outside of the spirit of the law. (This is not just a shot at nursing homes but at capitalism in general. Capitalism is the best economic system in the history of the world but it is not perfect and it has byproducts.)

Bedsores in nursing homes almost invariably result from the negligence of the nursing home in their failure to properly care for their residents. Usually, these injuries occur in residents who are partially or completely incapacitated. These patients need care and adjustment to avoid the formation of bedsores.

Obviously, we know the cost of bedsores to the neglected patient: awful pain that can be permanent and even fatal. According to a new study, bedsores are the most costly injury to society, resulting in medical costs of almost $3.9 billion. That’s the lifetime income for your 2,000 best friends.