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Medicare & Medicaid: The 10 Worst Nursing Homes In Maryland

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has always kept a list of underperforming and potentially-dangerous nursing homes, but this list was closely guarded for legal purposes. However, thanks to a 2019 bipartisan move from Pennsylvania Senators, this list from Medicare and Medicaid of the worst nursing homes in Maryland has finally been shown to the public.The names on the list are nursing homes that do not participate in the Special Focus Facility (SFF) program, which the CMS organizes. In the past, you could always find poorly-performing nursing homes, but only if they participated in this special program. Nursing homes that were not well-rated but were not part of the SFF could previously hide in obscurity, but the Senators’ actions have changed that. All of the nursing homes on the revealed list have repeatedly been rated as “poor” by the CMS, and most have been cited numerous times for serious health, medical, and care code violations.

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Our attorneys from Brown & Barron in Baltimore applaud the Senators who worked to have the CMS list of dangerous or underperforming nursing homes released to the public. With this information in hand, the people of our communities can make a fully informed decision when choosing a nursing home for their elderly loved ones.

There were five underperforming nursing homes in Maryland on the list released in 2019:

  • Autumn Lake Healthcare at Pikesville in Pikesville
  • Patapsco Valley Center in Randallstown
  • Genesis Caton Manor in Baltimore
  • Cadia Healthcare – Wheaton in Wheaton
  • Cadia Healthcare – Springbrook in Silver Spring

You need to know if your loved one will be moving into a safe, high-quality facility if the need for long-term care arises. The ratings of a nursing home are merely a snapshot of how the facility performed at a certain point. Since your relative will likely be a resident for longer than a day, it can be useful to track a facility’s performance over several years.

The Medicare and Medicaid List of the 10 Worst Maryland Nursing Homes in 2022

Let’s take a look at the 2022 numbers that Medicare and Medicaid use to evaluate skilled nursing homes. These were the 10 worst long-term care facilities in Maryland in 2022 according to the Nursing Home Database as of April 1, 2022:

  1. Hagerstown Healthcare Center in Hagerstown, Maryland, had a Cycle Score of 537.667. This facility received 1 complaint and $47,500.00 in fines in the recent period. As of May 22, 2022, this nursing home had an 79% percent occupancy rate. 
  2. Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center in Frederick, Maryland, had a Cycle Score of 355.333. This facility had two complaints and zero dollars in fines in the recent period. The occupancy rate was 85% percent as of May 22, 2022. 
  3. Westminster Healthcare Center in Westminster, Maryland, had a Cycle Score of 337.833. This facility had 27 complaints filed and fines totaling $297,223.55 in the recent period. The May 15, 2022 occupancy rate was 69.62 % percent.
  4. Peak Healthcare at Caton Manor in Baltimore, Maryland, had a Cycle Score of 276.833. There were 11 complaints and $134,351.75 in fines assessed in the recent period at this facility. The May 15, 2022 occupancy rate was 76.60% percent.
  5. Northwest Healthcare Center in Baltimore, Maryland, had a Cycle Score of 268.333. This facility had an occupancy rate of 47.25% percent on May 22, 2022. They received five complaints and $179,582.92 in fines in the recent period.
  6. Peace Healthcare at Lions Center in Cumberland, Maryland, had a Cycle Score of 266.667. This facility had no complaints but $219,617.45 in recent fines. Their May 22, 2022 occupancy rate was 81.19 %.
  7. Summit Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Catonsville, Maryland, had a Cycle Score of 263.5. People filed three complaints about this facility, and it received $13,000 in fines in the recent period. The May 22, 2022 occupancy rate was 75.37% percent.
  8. Ravenwood Nursing Care Center in Hagerstown, Maryland, had a Cycle Score of 260.5. This nursing home received one complaint and $110,565 in fines in the recent period. The occupancy rate was 90% as of May 15, 2022.
  9. Heritage Harbour Health and Rehabilitation Center in Annapolis, Maryland, had a Cycle Score of 242.333. This nursing home received eight complaints and $421,814 in fines in the recent period. The May 15, 2022 occupancy rate was 63.76%.
  10. Autumn Lake Healthcare at Parkville in Baltimore, Maryland, had a Cycle Score of 229.167. The occupancy rate of this facility was 83.33% as of May 22, 2022. This nursing home received 11 complaints and $134,221.75 in fines in the recent period.

These Facilities Need to Improve and Uphold Their Duty of Care to Residents

The CMS regularly inspects nursing homes to find out if the facilities deliver care that measures up to the CMS standards of care for the health and safety of the residents. The worst-performing nursing homes get put on the CMS Special Focus Facility (SFF) list. 

Once on the list, the facility has to undergo more frequent onsite inspections until it either fixes its problems or CMS strips the facility of its Medicare and/or Medicaid certification. After a nursing home gets removed from the list, another facility will take its place on the list.

Call Brown & Barron Today to Discuss Your Nursing Home Abuse Case

If your loved one is living in one of these nursing homes and has been abused or has complained of neglect, now is the time to take legal action to set things right. You can contact us to connect with our Baltimore nursing home abuse lawyers to discuss how to bring a claim or lawsuit against a negligent nursing home that has hurt your family. Fill out an online contact form now to arrange a free consultation.

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