This story is mainly about a single facility that acted illegally (including moving a resident with dementia to an inappropriate group home without notifying the family at all) and should not be a reflection on any other facilities. BUT to summarize from the article:
"COVID-19 patients recently released from the hospital can bring facilities more than $800 per day, the Los Angeles Times reported. That’s four times more than what nursing homes can collect for long-term residents with mild health issues, such as dementia, which usually earn facilities about $200 a day.
'This creates an incentive for nursing homes to seek out residents with higher rates of reimbursement and ‘churn’ residents by any means possible,' Feuer wrote.
Under Medicare’s most recent guidelines that went into effect last fall, nursing homes can collect substantially more for new patients, especially in the first few weeks of their stay.
That means the federal government’s reimbursement method, combined with a growing number of COVID-19 patients recently released from the hospital and in need of nursing home care, creates an incentive...to make room for new patients, the lawsuit claims."
Just info for those in the L.A. area, and some knowledge to help protect our LOs from unethical facilities.