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Nursing Home Closures

Nursing home residents may suffer harm when their nursing home closes; it is important to identify ways to reduce or eliminate such harm. 

A report released in November 2016 by Consumer Voice found that major obstacles to a successful transition include lack of appropriate and nearby placements or providers who do not want to take a specific resident; poor discharge planning; and lack of communication and time to find new placements for residents. These are serious barriers, but innovative strategies and practices in several states appear to have the potential to address these issues. The report discusses these practices and recommends actions that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), state agencies and State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs can take to better protect nursing home residents facing relocation.

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