A little over a year ago, a legislative report painted a condemnatory portrait of seven residential health care facilities overseen by the New Mexico Department of Health — including the New Mexico State Veterans’ Home.

On Thursday, lawmakers on the Legislative Finance Committee got an updated report that said, in many cases, things have only gotten worse — particularly at that veterans’ home, where, the report says, “quality of patient care and oversight … is of particular concern.”

Examples of deficiencies the report cited at that facility include a situation where a resident was given insulin when he left the facility but was not provided with a glucose meter to check his blood sugar levels, which “likely” contributed to that patient going to the hospital for diabetic complications.



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