News10NBC Investigates: Answers to questions on nursing home lawsuits, admission agreements and financial stress

Created: February 13, 2020 03:37 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC is investigating the practice of nursing homes suing the friends and family of residents. 

In one case, a woman named Barbara Robinson of Bloomfield was sued for $21,000 by her late friend's nursing home. Why? Robinson signed her friend's admission agreement, which included a section that made Robinson her friend's financial agent. 


When Monroe Community Hospital, which is owned by Monroe County, figured out it was owed money for her friend's care, it sued Robinson.

We also investigated how nursing homes give families ultimatums about signing the same admission agreements that open friends and family up to being sued. 

We told the story of Kelly Hodge of Fairport, who showed us emails from her father's nursing home that warned Hodge that if she didn't sign her father's admission agreement, the nursing home would start the discharge process for her father. 

On Thursday, we FaceTimed with Stephen B. Hanse, the president and chief executive officer of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), and Nancy Leveille, the NYSHFA director of special projects and program development.

In this web extra, we ask them to comment on the lawsuits and find out if signing admission agreements are mandatory in New York state. We also ask them to describe the financial stress nursing homes are under. 

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