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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.

Our elder care office motto is to get the best care, then figure out how to pay for that care without going broke. We have four excellent elder care law attorneys at Rothkoff Law Group. However, I am most proud of our ability to help families navigate the complicated road of long-term care through our […]

On October 25, 2018 over 270 long-term care professionals gathered at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, PA for a full day of learning and networking at the inaugural Rothkoff Law Group Pennsylvania Elder Care Symposium entitled, “Elder Care: What Will the Future Bring?” The day starting with an esteemed panel of experts on […]

Telemedicine offers many opportunities to better monitor care in the future.  A new proposal by the Trump administration would authorize Medicare for the first time to embrace telemedicine across the country by paying doctors $14 for a five-minute “check-in” phone call with their patients.  However, the proposal has many critics.  Many physicians say the proposed […]

My family and I attended a reception last week for an art exhibition in Center City Philadelphia that was truly inspirational.  The exhibit featured works created by participants in ARTZ Philadelphia’s programs (https://www.artzphilly.org/), that are held in long-term care communities or during events at ARTZ Philadelphia’s partner museums, care communities and memory centers.  The artists […]

Modeled after a program that encourages low readmission rates to hospitals, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will introduce a new financial incentive program effective October 1, 2018 for skilled nursing facilities. CMS will withhold 2% of a facility’s Medicare reimbursement until they have shown that they can keep down the number of […]

Each time my family returns home from vacation, my wife typically says, “I love my home.”  That may be partly due to a little too much family bonding among our seven immediate family members during our week vacation.  However, my wife is like most people who love their home and would like to remain in […]

For the fourth time this year the Social Security Administration (SSA) is warning seniors about fraudulent Social Security and Medicare communications targeting their benefits and their wallets.  Jim Borland, acting deputy commissioner for communications at the SSA said in a recent blog post titled Don’t Be Misled by False Medicare or Social Security Ads that […]

An analysis from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is the first study to document how often older adult children care for an aging parent.  The study found that 10 percent of adults ages 60 to 69 whose parents are alive serve as caregivers, as do 12 percent of adults age 70 and […]

Medicare has started mailing new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries in New Jersey.  The new cards wills contain: New number called MEDICARE BENEFICIARY IDENTIFIER (MBI) 11 characters, mix of letters and numbers Random number  – not associated with SSA number, or how collecting benefits IMPORTANT REMINDERS: New cards are FREE. Beware of scams asking for […]

According to the Kaiser Health News, Medicare has recently lowered its star ratings for staffing levels in 1 in 11 of the nation’s nursing homes — almost 1,400 of them — because they either had inadequate numbers of registered nurses or failed to provide payroll data that proved they had the required nursing coverage. Medicare […]

Billionaire Bill Gates and Estée Lauder Cos chairman emeritus Leonard Lauder last week said they will award $30 million over three years to encourage development of new tests for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.   For Microsoft co-founder Gates, launch of the Diagnostics Accelerator program follows an announcement in November of a personal investment of $50 […]

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 […]