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Nursing Home Evictions on the Rise, Raising Concerns Among Regulators

February 22, 2018

The New York Times (2/22, Bernard, Pear, Subscription Publication, 12.8M) reports in what “is becoming increasingly common among the 1.4 million nursing home residents across the country,” discharges and evictions “have been the top-ranking category of grievances” in New York, and legal advocates say that home operators are discharging residents “because the residents’ more lucrative Medicare coverage is ending.” David R. Wright of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a December memo that wrongful evictions were “of great concern” because they could be unsafe or traumatic for patients. Dr. David R. Gifford, a senior vice president of the American Health Care Association, “said the perception that residents were being moved against their will for financial reasons was wrong,” the Times reports, adding that in 2015, “there were 9,192 complaints about the discharge and eviction of nursing home residents, out of a total of 140,145 complaints, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.”

In a separate piece, the New York Times (2/22, Bernard, Pear, Subscription Publication, 12.8M) offers a list of rights individuals facing the threat of eviction have under federal law “along with tips from lawyers and advocates who work on behalf of nursing home residents.”

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