It was recently estimated by CMS that one-third of elderly residents are involuntary transferred or discharged from long-term nursing homes. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) will begin checking into State survey investigations and enforcement actions taken against nursing homes for inappropriately discharging or transferring patients. The Older Americans Act of 1965 that advocates for our elderly established the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program where data from 2011-2016 revealed complaints related to “discharge/eviction” happen more than any other concern. 2019 will bring the Office of Evaluation and Inspections to check nursing homes to verify if they are meeting CMS requirements regarding involuntary discharges and transfers as well as State survey enforcement actions.
The 2019 workplan, and a whole lot of other interesting items, is found on the recently revamped OIG website.