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BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general has found that inspections of high-priority nursing home complaints in Maryland lag behind most of the nation.

The Baltimore Sun reports the inspector general reported that Maryland failed to investigate nearly 650 allegations of harm in nursing homes within a required 10-day window, meaning the state missed the federal deadline 74 percent of the time.

On the 10-day deadline, the Maryland department’s Office of Health Care Quality has written that the length of time to initiate an on-site investigation is directly proportional to the number of trained nurse surveyors. It has also said that it has never been adequately staffed to complete their mandates.

The newspaper reports that federal auditors found similar delays in the state in 1999, 2006 and 2011.


Information from: The Baltimore Sun,