All posts by: Jerry

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.

As today’s article in the Philadelphia Inquirer details, traditional long-term care insurance policies are in disfavor.  The primary factor is due to unexpected substantial increases in insurance premiums. As a result, it is incumbent upon both the public and private sectors to be innovative in offering alternatives to traditional LTC insurance.  The State of Minnesota […]

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2019:• Basic Part B premium: $135.50/month (was $134.00 in 2018)• Part B deductible: $185 ($183.00 in 2018)• Part A deductible: $1,364 (was $1,340 in 2018)• Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $341/day (was $335 in 2018); Co-paymentfor […]

Nursing Home in Illinois Failed To Adequately Address Sexual Activity Between Cognitively Impaired Residents – Lessons to be Learned An Illinois nursing home was ordered to pay an $83,800 civil monetary penalty after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found the facility had failed to adequately address sexual activity between three residents with dementia […]

Thank you to all our clients and their families who attending our Client Appreciation Event at the Franklin Institute on Sunday.  It was so wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves with their families.   While in the special Viking exhibit on Sunday, one of our clients was with his wife who was in a wheelchair, and […]

The nursing home admission process can be a daunting process for elders and their families. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are compounding the difficult process by referring residents and their families to non-attorney unlicensed Medicaid advisors. Non-lawyer Medicaid advisors can include financial advisors, geriatric care managers, disbarred attorneys, former nursing home employees, and a variety of […]

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends, clients and their families.  The holiday season can be an anxious time of year for many.  It can be especially anxious time if a loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.  Your loved one who’s now living with dementia may have formerly been the cornerstone of family […]

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 […]