Health and Safety, New York

Nursing Home Delayed Patient Discharges

December 22, 2015
By Jerry Cohen, Albany LaborPress Bureau

Goshen, NY- Elant, Inc., a Mid-Hudson area nursing home chain, will pay $600,000 to resolve claims that it delayed the discharges of short-term residents at its facilities.  As part of a settlement, Elant admitted that between 2008 and 2011 it had a practice of postponing discharges of short-term residents who were clinically ready to leave Elant facilities against the wishes or without the informed consent of the residents or their families.  Elant, which is headquartered in Goshen, also admitted that it orchestrated the transfer of several long-term residents to one of its financially-troubled facilities to improve that facility's financial condition.

Nursing homes must not put their own financial interests above those of their residents – patients who rely on them for their care and treatment – and New York taxpayers," Attorney General Schneiderman said. "All nursing home residents have a right to accurate and complete information about their options. Indeed, they need that information to make informed decisions about their care. My office will find those who use patients to siphon off critical taxpayer funds."

In the settlement agreement, Elant admitted that senior managers directed nursing home administrators to limit the number of planned discharges of short-term residents to two or three residents per week.  Most short-term residents at nursing homes receive physical or occupational therapy following events such as strokes or broken hips.  Elant admitted that the purpose of the delays was financial and that the practices were primarily directed at residents with Medicare or Medicaid coverage.  Elant also admitted that it prolonged short-term stays by giving residents additional services that were not clinically necessary. Elant currently owns six nursing homes in Orange, Dutchess, and Westchester counties.

"This settlement sends a clear and unmistakable message to those who seek to profit at the expense of vulnerable New Yorkers- and New York's taxpayers: you will be held fully accountable," said Dennis Rosen, Medicaid Inspector General.

December 21, 2015

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