FOR PROFIT NURSING HOME

I had the following conversation this morning:

Q: “Can they really kick my Mom out of the nursing home when her Medicare runs out?”

A: Under Virginia law, they can kick you out for non-payment yes.

Q: “But doesn’t the facility have to care for her?”

A: They are a for profit facility and no, they don’t have to keep her there – especially if their staff doctor says she can be discharged.

Q: “But she is on oxygen, can’t walk and has dementia.”

Bottom Line – For-profit facilities like patients who are private pay and/or Medicare. If your family member can’t pay, but doesn’t have Medicaid or Medicare coverage yet – they can ask you to leave. Non-payment is a legal reason to remove someone from a facility.

The almighty dollar does dictate health care in Virginia, more than most people would think.

Always look to Non-Profit healthcare FIRST. Want to know what Virginia facilities are non-profit – look here – www.medicare.gov/nhcompare/.

Lauren Ellerman

Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.