Skilled Nursing Facility

OIG announces investigation into nursing home discharges and evictions

The OIG announced plans to investigate whether nursing homes are following proper protocol when discharging and evicting residents. The OIG found that discharges and evictions were the most common compliant submitted to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program from 2011 to 2016.

“Discharges which violate federal regulations are of great concern because in some cases they can be unsafe and/or traumatic for residents and their families,” wrote David R. Wright, director of the CMS Survey and Certification Group, in a December 2017 memo. “These discharges may result in residents being uprooted from familiar settings; termination of relationships with staff and other residents; and residents may even be relocated long distances away, resulting in fewer visits from family and friends and isolation of the resident.”

As a result, the OIG has added this probe to its formal work plan, with a goal of releasing the findings in FY 2022.