Too frequently, nursing homes follow standard operating procedures that violate federal law and are harmful to residents. This guide discusses some of the most common illegal practices and explains strategies that residents and family members can use to avoid or reverse these illegal procedures.
For each of the 20 problems, the guide offers a clear explanation of the relevant law, along with careful instructions as to how a resident, family member or advocate should proceed. Some of the issues covered in the guide are:
-When a nursing home must follow the preferences of an individual resident;
-When physical restraints and feeding tubes are illegal;
-Why Medicare cannot terminate Part A reimbursement because a resident has “plateaued’';
-How to obtain a Medicaid-certified bed for a resident currently in an uncertified bed; and
-When a nursing home must readmit a Medicaid-eligible resident after a hospital stay of several weeks—or even several months.