Indiana public nursing home case headed to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Nov. 8 about whether publicly owned nursing homes can be sued for violations of federal law under Medicare and Medicaid, CBS affiliate WXIN reported Oct. 10. 

The lawsuit began in Indiana after a resident with dementia was allegedly moved to another facility and given psychiatric medications without the family's consent. His family argues that violates federal law.

Indianapolis-based Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, which owns the facilities, argues families cannot sue a publicly owned nursing home in federal court for such a violation.

"Nursing homes in our state are held accountable by multiple agencies. … And there are several ways patients can find legal remedy if they believe a right has been violated," Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County said in a release shared with WXIN.

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