Can a resident be treated differently based on their source ?

If the nursing home is certified, it agrees to treat every resident equally once admitted, regardless of financial source of payment (private pay, Medicaid, Medicare, etc). It must promise its applicants, its residents, along with federal and state governmental entities that the home will at least comply with federal and state regulatory standards relative to nursing home care. (Minimum government standards pursuant to the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 or OBRA.)

Sources: Service Employees International Union Report (1999); Health Care Financing Administration’s Online Survey, Certification and Reporting Data (March 2000); HCFA’s National Restraint Reduction Newsletter (Summer 2000); Philadelphia Enquirer, Report Criticizes State over Nursing Homes (March 11, 1998)

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