WASHINGTON (CN) – If a nursing home that provides Medicare and Medicaid services will be closing, the administrator must give residents at least 60 days written notice, instead of the former 30 days, and the notice must include a state approved plan for relocating the residents.
Notice also must be given to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the state’s long-term care ombudsman, and the legal representatives or other parties responsible for the residents.
The notices also must include assurances that the residents “will be transferred to the most appropriate facility or other setting in terms of quality, services, and location, taking into consideration the needs, choice, and best interests of each resident.”
If the Secretary of Health and Human Services terminates a facility’s participation in Medicare or Medicaid, the notice must be given by a certain date determined by the Secretary.
These requirements, which are effective March 23, implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Under the act, the state is responsible for ensuring that all residents of a defunct facility have been successfully relocated to another facility or an alternative home and community-based setting.
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