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About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

Managing Attorney Jerry Rothkoff has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Artz Philadelphia, a nonprofit founded on the belief that people living with dementia should be accorded the benefits of well-being and quality of life that others enjoy. Artz Philly offers opportunities for interactions around arts and culture that turn this belief into […]

Recent data from a review of nursing home payroll records by Kaiser Health News reveals frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing of nursing homes nationwide, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. On the worst staffed days at an average facility, the new data show, on-duty personnel cared for nearly twice as many residents as they did […]

Our son, Evan, entering his senior year of high school, is interning at our office this summer. He assists with opening files and scanning documents into our system, along with working on marketing projects including updating our Senior Guides. After his first week, his first observation was how well we work together, and readily share […]

Amid growing concerns about the financial exploitation of seniors, industry regulators have put an emphasis on protecting seniors.   As a result, firms including financial institutions, including all banks are now required to request that clients provide a “trusted contact” whom the bank or firm can contact for several reasons, including but not limited to possible […]

In 2013, the federal government began fining hospitals for high hospital readmission rates in an attempt to curtail premature discharges and to encourage hospitals to engage in better discharge planning.  Staring in October 2018, the federal government will be giving nursing homes bonuses or penalties based upon their Medicare rehospitalization rates. Many health experts believe […]

As you heard on last Friday morning, Anthony Bourdain died at the age of 61.  Like many, I enjoyed his show, Parts Unknown.  Without knowing what haunts someone’s inner thoughts, who would not have wanted to have stepped into the shoes of Anthony Bourdain for a short while to eat some great food, drink some […]

Access to telehealth services for seniors may take off in the coming years thanks to the CHRONIC CARE Act, signed into law in February 2018.  The new law was part of the newly approved federal budget that enables virtual doctor visits for Americans covered by Medicare Advantage plans. The new law will make it easier […]

Father’s Day typically gets outshined by Mother’s Day, at least if you compare the two days based upon consumer spending.  A Father’s Day gift you may want to consider is the new nonfiction book, “Pops”, by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Michael Chaban.   “Pops” is a collection of seven essays on fatherhood, each of which shines […]

We are at the start of summer vacation season.  Thousands of families in our area will be planning their last trip to the Jersey shore. This year’s trip may include grandparents, aunts, and uncles in the family getaway. Multigenerational travel has recently become one of the fastest growing areas of the travel industry. According to […]

As an elder care law firm, many people think to contact us on behalf of themselves or a loved one when an individual’s health care needs becomes a crisis.  In many cases, this means an individual needing care is age 75 plus and receiving care at home, in an assisted living community, or a nursing […]

Medicare Advantage Plans Expanded Coverage of Health Related Benefits – Does it Create Further Health Care Disparities? Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded how it defines the term “primarily health related” benefits that insurers are permitted to include in their private Medicare Advantage plans.  Insurers would include these extra health […]

Last week we hosted our Inaugural Elder Care Symposium regarding the future of elder care! We had an expert panel that discussed the topic of The Landscape of Elder Care Today & Tomorrow.  All of the panelists agreed that there is too much fragmentation in our current health care system.  An example of such fragmentation is Medicare’s […]