Nursing Homes Turning Away Addicted Patients

Nursing homes frequently refuse to serve patients being treated with medication to serve opioid addictions.

They do so even though opioid addiction is considered a chronic disease and recognized as such under the Americans With Disabilities Act.  While some nursing homes claim not to be aware of the obligation to serve such patients, others choose not to do so, with some claiming they lack the resources or expertise to serve such patients or that abstinence from opioid use is superior to medication as a treatment for opioid addiction.

As a result, many acute-care hospitals have difficulty finding skilled nursing placements for such patients who require post-acute care.

Learn more about why many nursing homes decline to admit patients being treated with medication for opioid addictions, the frequency of such refusals, and the legal and medical implications of their actions in this article from the Stat web site.

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