Mom in a nursing home with dementia. Nursing home is tacking on extra $1k to mom's balance owing (even though she has a set monthly co-pay rate by Medicaid), based on a four-day hospital admission from the nursing home.
Mom entered nursing home in September 2018. First 100 days paid by Medicare. Applied for Medicaid in November. Medicaid finally approved in March 2019. While waiting for approval I continued to pay mom's BC/BC, along with a few other obligations. This left a $5K back balance to the NH.
After Medicaid approval, I cancelled her BC/BC (a very good policy that she carried for years). I began to pay the current rent immediately, along with a set payment of $40 towards the arrears. Even though the current rent is paid on time, there is a $49 late charge each month on the balance in arrears.
I have lowered the arrears balance to $3K. My sister wants to pay the arrears balance (in exchange for my signing my mom's co-op shares to her. I am my mom's legal guardian).
I called the nursing home business office to confirm the balance owing that my sister will pay. My records show a balance of $3300. Nursing home says $4400. The reason for this is, they state, is because my mom was hospitalized for four days in March. And because it was considered a "re-admit", there is another $1k added to her balance owing.
How can they add another $1K when the monthly rent determined by Medicaid has been established? This sounds like each time my mother goes to the hospital, I will be owing another chunk? And why would this be owed to the nursing home?
I'm not sure I have conveyed this circus dilemma as clearly as it should be, and hoping someone gets it and can ask me the right questions for clarification.