|Readmission to a Nursing Home Following a Hospital Stay|
Nursing home residents sometimes have trouble returning to their nursing home following a hospital stay. This Fact Sheet helps explain how federal and state laws protect hospitalized residents who want to return to the same nursing home.
Nursing home residents have the right to return to their nursing home following a hospital stay if they still need nursing home care. This right exists whether or not a resident pays a fee to reserve his or her bed in the nursing home. However, if a resident does not pay to reserve the bed and the nursing home is full, he or she may have to wait until a bed becomes open at the facility. When a resident is ready to return from the hospital, all Georgia nursing homes must offer the resident the first available bed.
Before a resident is hospitalized, a Medicaid-certified nursing home must give the resident and a family member or legal representative written information describing its bed hold policy and the resident's right to return to the first available bed.
In Georgia, Medicaid will pay a nursing home to reserve a bed for a Medicaid resident during a hospital stay of up to 7 days. The following information explains your rights if you choose to pay to reserve the bed beyond the 7 days or if you choose not to pay to reserve your bed beyond the 7 day hospital stay.
PAYMENT MADE TO RESERVE BED
(Medicare & private pay residents only)
THE NEXT AVAILABLE BED
PAYMENT NOT MADE TO RESERVE BED FOR A MEDICAID RESIDENT BEYOND 7 DAYS
If you experience problems as a result of a temporary hospital leave from a nursing home, contact your local ombudsman office for assistance.
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