schedule
consultation
107 E Eureka Ave, #1
Eureka, IL 61530
121 N Main St
Bloomington, IL 61701
309-467-3213 schedule consultation
schedule consultation

Where Are The Tests?

Published on April 3rd, 2020

In a scramble to avoid responsibility and accountability, nursing homes are refusing to allow nursing home residents to return to their nursing homes and rehabilitation centers after leaving for hospital visits, routine medical appointments or funerals. Residents are being shut out of long-term-care facilities in California, Florida, Colorado and South Carolina, demonstrating the lengths facilities are going to inoculate themselves from liability.

Nursing home staff say the residents need to provide a negative test before returning out of fear they could import the disease.  The nursing homes refuse to conduct the test themselves. Testing shortages at hospitals and limited availability at nursing homes have only exacerbated the challenges.

Anticipating a surge in patients, hospitals are discharging those who do not need extensive care. At the same time, nursing homes are closing their doors to try to prevent the kind of outbreaks that have invaded facilities throughout the nation.  Administrators at elder care institutions are navigating conflicting guidance from local, state and federal authorities.

The CMS guidance says nursing homes can and should readmit residents who have tested positive for or been exposed to the virus but only if their facilities are equipped to prevent spread within the nursing home as mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If a nursing home cannot comply with those CDC rules, which include creating isolation wings and using personal protective equipment, CMS guidance says a facility “must wait” until a returning resident has been without fever and respiratory symptoms and taken two negative tests 24 hours apart. If tests are not available, the CDC says a resident can go home after three days without a fever and improved respiratory symptoms and at least seven days after the person first got sick.  Further confusing the process, the CDC guidelines also say residents do not need to meet that criteria before being discharged from the hospital.

What advocates and doctors agree on is the importance of preparation, which includes following the federal government’s recommendations for creating isolation facilities outside of a hospital or nursing home for those awaiting tests. Long-term-care facilities also have been advised to create coronavirus wings in anticipation of a positive test.
Latest posts by PIOLETTI PIOLETTI & NICHOLS (see all)

Back to News

EUREKA, IL LOCATION

107 E Eureka Ave, #1
Eureka, IL 61530

309-467-3213

24/7 live phone answering

BLOOMINGTON, IL LOCATION

121 N Main St
Bloomington, IL 61701

309-821-0246

24/7 live phone answering

KANKAKEE, IL LOCATION

2 Dearborn Square #1D
Kankakee, IL 60901

309-821-0246

24/7 live phone answering

Contact Us Today!