(A) Every provider agreement with a nursing facility provider shall prohibit the provider from doing either of the following:
(1) Discriminating against a resident on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, or national origin;
(2) Subject to division (C) of this section, failing or refusing to do either of the following:
(a) Except as otherwise prohibited under section 5165.82 of the Revised Code, admit as a resident of the nursing facility an individual because the individual is, or may (as a resident of the nursing facility) become, a medicaid recipient unless at least eighty per cent of the nursing facility's medicaid-certified beds are occupied by medicaid recipients at the time the person would otherwise be admitted;
(b) Retain as a resident of the nursing facility an individual because the individual is, or may (as a resident of the nursing facility) become, a medicaid recipient.
(B) For the purpose of division (A)(2)(b) of this section, a medicaid recipient who is a resident of a nursing facility shall be considered a resident of the nursing facility during any hospital stays totaling less than twenty-five days during any twelve-month period.
(C) Nothing in this section shall bar a provider from doing any of the following:
(1) If the provider is a religious organization operating a religious or denominational nursing facility from giving preference to persons of the same religion or denomination;
(2) Giving preference to persons with whom the provider has contracted to provide continuing care;
(3) If the nursing facility is a county home organized under Chapter 5155. of the Revised Code, admitting residents exclusively from the county in which the county home is located;
(4) Retaining residents who have resided in the provider's nursing facility for not less than one year as private pay patients and who subsequently become medicaid recipients, but refusing to accept as a resident any person who is, or may (as a resident of the nursing facility) become a medicaid recipient, if all of the following apply:
(a) The provider does not refuse to retain any resident who has resided in the provider's nursing facility for not less than one year as a private pay resident because the resident becomes a medicaid recipient, except as necessary to comply with division (C)(4)(b) of this section;
(b) The number of medicaid recipients retained under division (C)(4) of this section does not at any time exceed ten per cent of all the residents in the nursing facility;
(c) On July 1, 1980, all the residents in the nursing facility were private pay residents.
(D) No provider shall violate the provider agreement obligations imposed by this section.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §110.25, eff. 1/1/2015.
Renumbered from § 5111.31 by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.
Effective Date: 07-01-2000; 07-01-2005; 06-30-2006; 2008 HB562 06-24-2008
This section is set out twice. See also § 5165.08 , effective until 1/1/2015.