If a Florida nursing home (also known as a skilled nursing facility) receives either medicare or medicaid payments, then it cannot require a third party* (i.e., a resident’s adult child) to guarantee payment to the facility as a condition for admission, expedited admission, or for the continued care of the resident patient. The federal law prohibiting this activity is found within the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act.
It should be noted, however, that if the third party (i.e., the resident’s adult child) holds a Power of Attorney or otherwise has legal access to their parent’s funds, then the nursing home may require the adult child to execute a contract to pay the facility from their parent’s funds without the adult child incurring any personal financial responsibility to the facility.
Beware, this federal law DOES NOT also apply to: (1) assisted living facilities, or (2) nursing homes that do not accept medicare or medicaid.
*The federal law refers to any third party but for purposes of this blog, I have utilized an adult child and parent by way of example.
How do you find a nursing home facility in Florida that takes Medicaid?
Florida’ s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has created a governmental website that provides fantastic tips for finding a nursing home. Once you arrive at this website, click on Nursing Homes (right-hand side of page), and it will lead you to a wealth of information about how to proceed in selecting a nursing home facility.
This website also has a Facility/Provider Locator. It is a search engine that allows you to search for facilities in your area. Today, I searched for nursing home facilities in Manatee County that accepted Medicaid. It provided me with a list of THIRTEEN (13) facilities. I also searched for nursing home facilities in Sarasota County that accepted Medicaid. It provided me with a list of TWENTY-SEVEN (27) facilities.
You may notice that some facilities have received a Gold Seal designation. This is a designation awarded by the Governor pursuant to the Gold Seal Program instituted under Florida Statute Section 400.235. It is awarded to those nursing homes facilities that have demonstrated excellence in their industry. Today’s search listed TWENTY (20) facilities statewide.