Nursing Home

On November 1, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new data on staffing levels in U.S. nursing homes.  Staffing is key to the quality of care and safety provided by a nursing home.  CMS has released, for the first time, information on nursing home staffing that is based on payroll or other auditable data […]

Eight months after publishing a final rule on the Revised Requirements of Participation for Nursing Facilities banning pre-dispute arbitration agreements for nursing home residents and family members, CMS is issuing new proposed regulations that rescind resident protections against these arguably unfair provisions. According to CMS, it “now believe[s] that an outright ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements […]

  I come from a family of nurses. My mom, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and all of my aunts and cousins, and extended family are nurses. Growing up in a family of nurses, here is what I’ve learned about them: 1. Nurses have an unbelievable work ethic. One eight-hour shift is never enough. They are always readily […]

We are updating you on CMS’ revised regulations banning binding arbitration in nursing home admission agreements. The American Health Care Association last onday filed a lawsuit challenging part of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulation that would ban nursing homes from entering into arbitration agreements. The organization, along with four long-term care providers, filed […]

According to a recent PA audit, the Pennsylvania Health Department does too little to ensure that Pennsylvania’s  700 nursing homes are meeting minimum staffing standards in caring for vulnerable residents. The report by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale also said the state is overdue for legislative review of whether staffing requirements and maximum fines against nursing […]

Many caregiver children of aging parents contact us after a medical crisis occurs.  The children are typically scrambling to understand their parents’ finances in order to pay bills, determine which accounts still exist, pay taxes, and determine how to afford potential long-term care expenses.  We help the caregiver children with accessing quality care and how to plan with the […]

A recent study compared the long-term care industry in California, Ontario, Canada, England, and Norway as to the extent to which ownership of nursing facilities has shifted from the public sector to private for-profit and not-for-profit companies, and how this shift affects the transparency of information and accountability for public reimbursement. The international study found that increases […]

We are hearing many things from the Presidential candidates, both good and bad.  However, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, the one important topic that is not being debated is how an increasing elderly US population will pay for future long-term care expenses.  This is one of the most important public policy issues facing our […]

It is important for nursing home residents and their families to fully understand what is contained in a nursing home admission contract prior to signing the agreement.  One of the provisions that is likely contained in a nursing home admission contract is an arbitration provision.  Below is a New York Times article regarding whether an agent […]

We work with many families who agonize over the necessity to place a loved one in a nursing home.  It is never an easy decision.  As an elder care law firm, our goal is to help the caregiver loved ones do what is best for the elderly individual, and minimize the financial and emotional impact on a […]

Our goal, as an elder care law firm, is to help families navigate the long-term care process when caring for a chronically disabled loved one.  An unfortunate example of the complicated long-term care health system is illustrated in a February 7, 2016 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania resident, Charles  Prozzillo, a dialysis patient due to […]

The Importance of Obtaining the Proper Advice When Planning for Your Elderly Loved One More and more seniors and their families are seeking the assistance of a senior professional to help guide them through the maze of long-term care planning options. In many situations in which seniors face the prospect of long-term care costs, Medicaid […]