By Jack Halpern, CEO, My Elder Advocate As readers of My Elder Advocate Blog are well aware, we often speak about the grave danger to elders who are evicted from Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, and Adult Homes. A nursing home eviction often leads to disorientation, loss of identity, depression, and death. Nursing home residents who need to be treated in a hospital usually want to be able to return to the same bed and room in the nursing home as soon as they are discharged from the hospital. New York State many years ago had established a policy for Nursing Home residents, called the “bed hold” policy. These regulations were established to reimburse a nursing home for “holding” a bed vacant for the return of a temporarily absent Medicaid recipient that the facility would otherwise likely have been able to fill with another patient admission. This bed hold policy applied regardless of how many hospitalizations there were in a year. In 2010, the policy changed. Nursing home residents are allowed only 14 days a year. How do you go from no limit to only 14 days? It does not have to make sense; it only has to save money… or make money! Medicare will not make any payment to the nursing facility to reserve a bed for a Medicare beneficiary. Medicaid will make bed reservation payments for up to 15 days if you are hospitalized. Medicaid will also pay for up to 21 days per year if you are temporarily absent for other reasons,...