The Responsible Thing to Do About 'Responsible Party' Provisions in Nursing Home Agreements: A Proposal for Change on Three Fronts
Katherine C. Pearson
Penn State Law
University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 37, No. 3, p. 757, Spring 2004
Nursing homes routinely seek the signature of a family member on nursing home agreements, calling the signer a “responsible party” or sponsor for the resident. Federal Medicare and Medicaid law provides that participating facilities much “not require a third party guarantee of payment to the facility as a condition of admission...to, or continued stay, in the facility.” Nonetheless, if federal benefits prove to be unavailable, courts are holding responsible parties contractually liable for thousands of dollars for the care of their elders. This Article proposed private and public responses to the increasingly likelihood that nursing homes will seek collection from family members.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: nursing homes, elder law, older adult, older person, Medicaid, Medicare, third party agreements, third party responsibility
JEL Classification: K1, K33Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 3, 2011 ; Last revised: June 9, 2012
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