The California Secretary of Health and Human Services, Diana Dooley, is suing to prevent the dumping of nursing homes residents, which is in violation of federal law. The lawsuit alleges that California nursing homes send their Medi-Cal residents into hospitals and then refuse to readmit them to the residence.
The nursing homes interests are financial, because they open new rooms on the market. They can increase the price of their services and admit instead Medicare or private pay residents who are more lucrative.
The residents can request a readmission hearing required by the California Department of Health and Human Services, but the State doesn’t do anything to enforce his own decisions. Actually, although the residents win their readmission hearing, the nursing homes still refuse to readmit them. They have no choice but to stay in hospitals and pay unnecessary costs.
The purpose of the lawsuit is to attract attention of the State to strengthen laws against the dumping of nursing home residents and enforce its decisions to the nursing homes: for example by creating penalties for homes that refuse readmission.
If you feel that you or a loved one has been unfairly treated by a California nursing home, contact the Evans Law Firm by phone at (415) 441-8669, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawsuit in California to Ending to Illegal Dumping of Nursing Home Residents