Nursing home means any institution, facility, or distinct part of a hospital that is licensed or formally recognized as meeting nursing home standards established under State law, or that is determined under 431.704 to be included under the requirements of this subpart. The term does not include -
(a) A religious nonmedical institution as defined in § 440.170(b) of this chapter; or
(b) A distinct part of a hospital, if the hospital meets the definition in § 440.10 or § 440.140 of this subchapter, and the distinct part is not licensed separately or formally approved as a nursing home by the State even though it is designated or certified as a skilled nursing facility.
42 CFR § 431.701
Unless otherwise indicated, the following definitions apply for purposes of this subpart: