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The Alzheimer’s Association has just released it 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and figures.  The report includes the following information: In 2017, Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia cost the U.S. 259 billion; Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.; Alzheimer’s Disease kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined; Since […]

If a Medicaid applicant gives away assets without receiving fair market value in return during the five year Medicaid look back period, a Medicaid penalty period for the uncompensated transfer of assets will generally result.  The Medicaid penalty period runs prospectively from the date the applicant is determined otherwise eligible for Medicaid. As a practical […]

Last week, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Justice in Aging, the Medicare Rights Center, and 97 other national organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership expressing grave concerns with proposals that would radically change Medicaid—a vital safety net that provides quality health care and services for millions of Americans, including 10 million older adults and people […]

On February 16, 2017, the Jimmo v. Sebelius court approved a Corrective Statement to be used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to affirmatively disavow the use of an “Improvement Standard” for Medicare coverage.  The government will use the statement as part of its Corrective Action Plan, which was ordered by the court last […]

A few years ago, I noticed a woman at church who greatly resembled my Aunt Jean.  I never seemed to have the chance to meet or speak with her and one day, I came upon her obituary in the newspaper.  She had passed suddenly and my first reaction was that I was sorry I hadn’t […]

Observation Status is a designation used by hospitals to bill Medicare. Unfortunately, it can hurt hospital patients who rely on Medicare for their health care coverage.  People who receive care in hospitals, even overnight and for several days, may learn they have not actually been admitted as inpatients. Instead, the hospital has classified them as […]

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There are many benefits from the power human interaction, especially when interacting with an individual with a diagnosis of dementia. A simple internet search can offer many resources to educate caregivers on proper techniques when caring for someone with cognitive impairments. One resource I often share with family members of my clients is that of […]

A settlement agreement in Jimmo v. Sebelius required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to follow a “maintenance coverage standard” under which skilled nursing services would be covered by Medicare if they were necessary to maintain the patient’s current condition or prevent deterioration, rather under a so called “improvement standard.” The federal district court […]

As people age, they often spend more time indoors and are challenged by weakened immune systems and vital organ function.  Aging adults are more vulnerable to health complications. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is two to 10 times more polluted than the air outside.  It is imperative that long-term care […]

As tax season approaches, caregivers of assisted living residents typically have questions regarding the process for deducting assisted living facility (ALF) costs on federal individual income tax returns. The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provides rules for deducting certain qualified long-term care costs as medical expenses. Normally, the costs of nursing home care should be deductible, […]

Our Managing Attorney,  Jerold E. Rothkoff, has shared a few highlights of Veteran’s Benefits as it relates to Rothkoff Law Group and our clients.  At Rothkoff Law Group with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, we work with a great deal of veterans or widowed spouse of an eligible veteran in conjunction with long-term care […]

Happy New Year! We blinked and 2017 has arrived. This month we have officially announced our 2017 Professional Seminar Series and the 2017 Caregiver Support Group Meetings. The Rothkoff Team at Events Around Greater Philadelphia: Elder Law Committee Meeting @ Charlie Brown’s Jane M. Fearn-Zimmer, Esq., attended the Gloucester County Elder Law Committee Meeting on […]

The Republicans have determined how they plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as Obamacare.  However, they have yet to determine how they plan to replace Obamacare.  Regardless of the Republican’s ultimate replacement plan, at the heart of the plan is likely to be a Medicaid “block granting” proposal.   Blok grants involve the states getting fixed federal grants that would […]

  As a wife, mother, caregiver daughter, full-time employee of the Rothkoff Law Group, member of the PTA at my six-year old son’s school, and  “official driver” to all of my son’s extra-curricular activities, there are many times that I feel overwhelmed and alone in my efforts to balance all my commitments and roles. Especially, […]

Our 2017 Winter Newsletter is out.  The newsletter includes an article about Jerry Rothkoff’s recent visit to the Netherlands to observe how services to seniors are delivered in another country. Rothkoff Law Newsletter Winter 2017