Federal Statute and Guidance | Covid-19 | Jun 16, 2020
Nursing Home Residents’ Right to Retain Federal Economic Incentive Payments
CMS issued guidance acknowledging allegations that some nursing homes are seizing residents’ CARES Act economic impact payments (or “stimulus checks”) and clarifying that this practice is prohibited. States and the federal government could subject nursing homes in violation to enforcement actions, including potential termination from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. CMS encouraged residents or families of residents who were compelled to sign their stimulus check over to the nursing home to file a complaint.