Doctors who care for the elderly in nursing homes have become the target of a new White House directive, which could force them to turn away patients, the medical news site Recode reported Friday.
The directive was issued by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in a letter to the chief medical officers of nursing homes.
In the letter, Price said that some nursing homes were refusing to admit patients who had previously been treated at the facility, according to the report.
In response to the order, some nursing home officials are refusing to take any new patients who have not been seen in a week, or to make any additional appointments for them, the report said.
Some nursing home employees are refusing any new appointments for patients who were previously seen at a facility, it said.