A Death in McAllen

Number 22344
Subject Nursing Homes
Source The Texas Observer
State TX
Year 2005
Publication Date Sept. 23
Summary This investigation by the Texas Observer looks into nursing home abuse and state legislation protecting owners from non-economic damages in civil suits. What they found was a 2003 Texas law placed a $250,000 cap on damages, heavily lobbied by nursing home companies, directly affected the number of nursing home inspections and leaves little punishment for nursing homes who abuse, or even kill, their patients. The story also tells the tale of Noe Martinez Jr., a patient who died in McAllen Nursing Center due to gross negligence in July 2004. The state only fined the center $1,300 for his death. Because caring for Medicaid patients like Martinez costs nursing homes up to $1,800 per year, the center more than likely saved money because of his death.
Category
Pages 10
Keywords abuse;elderly;McAllen Nursing Center;civil lawsuits;lobbying;CAR;politics;negligence;non-economic damage caps;health care
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