Nursing home residents are allowed to designate organizations as authorized representatives for Medicaid enrollment, final rule affirmsJuly 16, 2013
In the final rule, CMS confirmed that organizations may serve as representatives, specifically citing the needs of nursing home residents who do not have family available for assistance. The rule also defines what authorized representatives may do, such as signing an application on a resident's behalf, and specifies that representatives must follow state and federal laws regarding conflict of interest and confidentiality of information.
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear a case on disputed National Labor Relations Board appointments that President Barack Obama made in 2012, which have created uncertainty about the legitimacy of subsequent NLRB actions. Nursing homes and other healthcare providers are among the many businesses that have been affected by NLRB decisions during this time period.