Obama Tries to Improve Quality of Nursing Home Care

Today, Medicare pays the costs for hospital admission regardless of the reason. But Obama’s recent proposal includes a provision that addresses this issue as it relates to the quality of nursing home care.Nursing Home Patient.jpg

If you ever wonder why emergency rooms are often filled with elderly patients on Fridays, it is because a number of nursing homes homes send their sickest residents to the hospital as their facilities don’t have sufficient weekend staff. Obama’s deficit reduction plan targets those nursing home facilities.

Some of the new rules in his proposal penalizes nursing facilities by reducing up to 3% of their Medicare payment. For some operations running on thin margins, this could make or break their business.

These new rules apply only to patients receiving rehabilitation or recovering from a hospital stay– not those longer term residents receiving Medicare.

If Congress approves this plan, elder care facilities will have to retool their practices and do better at lowering hospital readmission rates for their residents.

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Kevin Coluccio was recently named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Washington State. He has long history of successful elder abuse/neglect cases and has a stellar reputation for getting results for his injury clients in serious car crashes, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, maritime claims, and asbestos injury cases.