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LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM NURSING HOME CARE

What is a Nursing Home? 

Nursing Home Care Act 
Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statues 
Section 1 - 1901 Et Seq.
With 2001 Amendment
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The nursing facility provides 24-hour skilled care and related services for residents who require medical or nursing care. These facilities are licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act, 63 O.S. Supp. 1998, Section 1-1901 et seq., and the Regulations for Licensure of Nursing and Specialized Facilities, OAC 310:675.

Nursing facilities are designed to provide long-term nursing care, or for persons convalescing from illness which are not appropriate for a hospital or available through home care programs or other alternatives. Besides providing 24-hour care, a room, meals, help with daily living, and activities daily are included.   Residents have health problems which keep them from living on their own and may require daily medical attention. Nursing facilities are expected to provide a high quality of life and care for all residents.

For more information, check the following Wb sites: Nursing Home Compare and State Health Department Survey Information at www.medicare.gov, National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform at www.nccnhr.org, AARP Nursing Home Resource at www.aarp.org, and the Oklahoma Nursing Home Inspection Database and Nursing Facility Changes www.health.state.ok.

What is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

OBRA 87 Amends the Medicare provisions of the Social Security Act, found at section 1819 of the Act. OBRA's Medicare requirements are also contained in the United States code, at volume 42, section 1395i-3.

As found in the OMNIBUS Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 as amended through 1991 Medicare requirements:

13951-3. Requirements for, and assuring quality of care in, skilled nursing facilities:

Skilled nursing facility defined

In this subchapter the term "skilled nursing facility" means an institution (or a distinct part of and institution) which -

(1) is primarily engaged in providing to residents -

(A) skilled nursing care and related services for residents who                 require medical or nursing care,

(B) rehabilitation services for the rehabilitation of injured, disabled, or sick persons, and is  not primarily for the care and treatment of mental diseases;

(2) has in effect a transfer agreement (meeting the requirements of section 1395x (1) of this title) with one or more hospitals having agreements in effect under section 1395cc of this title and

(3) meets the requirements for a skilled nursing facility described in subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section.

For more information, check the following Web sites: Nursing Home Compare and State Health Department Survey Information at www.medicare.gov, National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform at www.nccnhr.org , AARP Nursing Home Resource at www.aarp.org , and Oklahoma Nursing Home Inspection Database and Nursing Facility Changes at www.health.state.ok