New Mexico

Poor staffing led to poor care, state says in lawsuit

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New Mexico has filed suit against one of the nation's largest nursing home operators for providing what it claims were inadequate resources that led to poor care and improper billing. One leading patient advocate called the action a "new and novel approach" to the "chronic and longstanding problem of inadequate nurse staffing in nursing facilities."

Ruling: State courts cannot treat nursing home arbitration agreements differently than other contracts

Ruling: State courts cannot treat nursing home arbitration agreements differently than other contracts

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State courts do not have the authority to categorize nursing home arbitration agreements differently than other contracts, the New Mexico Supreme Court recently ruled. The decision sets up a fight over whether a nursing home's specific arbitration agreement violated state law.