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The Need to Coordinate Care for the Elderly and Disabled By: Jerold E. Rothkoff We are pleased to announce that effective August 11, 2014, Kathleen McGee has joined our Elder Law firm as a geriatric care coordinator.  Kathleen joins our office after several years of long term care experience working in social services in a […]

            Virtually all of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are currently in force.  Effective April 1, 2014 the provisions include the requirement that all Americans maintain minimum health insurance coverage or face a penalty.  As of April 1, 2014, the penalty for 2014 is the greater of […]

Medicare Improvement Standard Update – Re-Review Request Form Now Available As I have previously written about, the Jimmo Medicare settlement provides for the re-review of certain Medicare claims under maintenance coverage standards for the skilled nursing care (SNF), home health (HH), and outpatient therapy (OPT) benefits, applicable when a patient has no restoration or improvement […]

Will I be Penalized for a $100 Birthday Gift to my Grandchild? By Jerold E. Rothkoff             As many of you know, if you apply for Medicaid eligibility, you must disclose any uncompensated gifts within five years of applying.  This is known as the five year Medicaid look back.  If you have given away assets […]

Update on Removal of Medicare’s Improvement Standard The federal government’s Medicare agency, CMS, has recently released revisions to its program manuals and related instructions that will make it easier for chronically ill individuals to get Medicare coverage. The program manuals and guidance are used by Medicare providers and contractors in determining an individual’s eligibility for […]

2014 Elder Law Numbers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2014: Basic Part B premium: $104.90/month (no change from 2013) Part B deductible: $147 (no change from 2013) Part A deductible: $1,216 (was $1,184 in 2013) Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $304/day […]

Update on Alzheimer’s Disease Research On Friday, November 15, 2013, our newly expanded elder law office co-sponsored a presentation with the Alzheimer’s Association on Alzheimer’s research.  Dr. Carol Lippa, a neurologist and director of the Drexel University College of Medicine Clinical Memory Disorders Program, presented on the current advances in Alzheimer’s research and treatment. One […]

            After the fiasco that occurred in Congress last month, Congress has once again has put off the discussions on tackling Medicare and Medicaid reform to another day.  Eventually our representatives will need to finalize a budget, and Medicare and Medicaid changes should be part of budget negotiations.  Why?  Look […]

Last month, on behalf of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NJ NAELA), I met in Trenton with New Jersey Medicaid officials regarding future expansion of the NJ Medicaid program for home care and other community based services, including assisted living.  We were briefed on the status of a […]

As always, our goal is to advocate for the elderly and disabled.  Our advocacy goal includes filing lawsuits on behalf of our clients when appropriate.  Over the past six months, we have had the opportunity to file three separate federal lawsuits against the State of New Jersey in order to allow our clients to obtain […]

On June 1, Jennifer Cooley, geriatric care coordinator for Pennsylvania, was awarded a Certificate in Elder Care Coordination, after completing a 15-week on-line program of study offered in conjunction with the Stockton College Center on Successful Aging and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. Jennifer is the first geriatric care coordinator in our firm […]

Fully Developed VA Claims As many of you are aware, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is notorious for its delays in processing claims for VA benefits. The VA has implemented a new process designed to expedite claims for VA benefits having all information required by the agency and all required supporting evidence. The new […]

Fully Developed VA Claims As many of you are aware, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is notorious for its delays in processing claims for VA benefits. The VA has implemented a new process designed to expedite claims for VA benefits having all information required by the agency and all required supporting evidence. The new […]

Lately, I have been thinking a great deal about the future of long-term care for two different reasons.  First, we are in the process of designing our new main office in Cherry Hill in which-we will have 90% more space to provide elder law services to seniors and those with disabilities.  We expect to occupy […]