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Q: When a resident discharges against medical advice, do we send the medications that were ordered in the nursing home for him/her? If so, does it matter if he/ she was receiving skilled or intermediate care? I have two thoughts… The first is that we do not have an order to send the resident home with medications because we do not have an order to discharge. The second is that the medications are already paid for. If the resident was receiving skilled care then the nursing home paid for them, but if the resident was receiving intermediate care, then the resident paid for them.
I know that way back in the day, we sent nothing home with the resident. However, residents’ rights have changed since then.
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