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Nursing Homes and Skilled Nursing Services

Nursing facilities are institutions which primarily provide:

  • skilled nursing care and related services for residents who require medical or nursing care;
  • rehabilitation services for the rehabilitation of injured, disabled or sick persons; or
  • on a regular basis, health-related care and services to individuals who because of their mental or physical condition require care and services, above the level of room and board, which can be made available to them only through institutional facilities.

A nursing facility that participates in Medicaid must provide, or arrange for, the full range of services for residents who need them, from those services above the level of room and board which can be made available only through institutional facilities, up to and including skilled nursing care.

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) maintains an extensive database titled "Nursing Home Compare."  This database contains information on every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.  You can use the database to locate nursing homes in your community and find information about compliance with Medicare and Medicaid regulations. 

You can research nursing homes using the HCFA website or contact staff of the Senior and Long Term Care Division/ Montana Department of Public Health and Human Service at (800) 332-2272 during normal business hours.