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About Jerold Rothkoff

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.

Book Review: On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear, by Lynn Casteel Harper

With the stay at home order still in place for the near future in most states, consider reading a new book examining the value of life lived with dementia published on April 14, 2020.    An Amazon review states “In an American society where an individual’s “value” is often measured by what they can do or generate, Lynn Casteel Harper offers a counterpoint to what it means to be of “value” in, of, and to the world. Through her personal stories and experiences as well as research and discussion with [...]

By |2020-08-21T11:26:18-04:00April 27th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

Coronavirus Stimulus Checks: Everything you need to know to receive the funds

The first wave of coronavirus stimulus payments of up to $1,200 apiece are on their way, arriving in bank accounts through set up direct deposit with the IRS.  Up to 150 million US residents may qualify for a payment. If you haven't yet received your one-time payment and haven't set up electronic funds transfer with the government, setting up direct deposit may help you get your money faster. Otherwise, you can expect a paper check in the mail. Is the money yours, free and clear? Yes. You don't have [...]

By |2020-08-21T11:30:30-04:00April 20th, 2020|Aging, Blog, Law Update, Medicaid|

What lessons have been learned thus far about nursing home operations during the COVID-19 crisis?

All nursing homes, throughout NJ and PA, as well as around the country, by March 15, 2020, placed restrictions on family visitation except for compassionate reasons, such as pending death.  However, what has become clearer by the day, such visitation restrictions have not prevented the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes.  Why? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for March 18, 2020 may provide part of the answer.  The CDC investigated the spread of COVID-19 at the Life Care Center at Kirkland [...]

By |2020-08-21T11:35:04-04:00April 13th, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|

We Love (Virtual) Hugs

As of this writing, March 21, 2020, due to COVID-19, both New Jersey and Pennsylvania have stay at home orders in place. Additionally, each state has ordered “non-essential” businesses to close, requiring all “non-essential” businesses to work remotely. As much as I feel our elder care law services are essential, we are abiding by all local, state, and federal guidelines and orders. I hope, as we all do, that when you are reading this, the situation will have dramatically improved, and we can all return to our normal lives. [...]

By |2020-04-10T14:44:55-04:00April 10th, 2020|Article|

Update on COVID-19 Related Policy Changes or Medicare Changes

Under the CARES Act signed into law on March 27, the Medicare related provisions of the bill include: Significant expansion of telehealth services that can substitute for certain visits that usually require in-person visits with health care providers, such as remote patient monitoring for home health services, hospice recertification, and nephrologist visits for those using home dialysis; Allowing physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other professionals to order home health services for beneficiaries; Waiving the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) 3-hour rule, which requires that a beneficiary be expected to participate [...]

By |2020-08-21T11:43:54-04:00April 6th, 2020|Blog, Medicaid|

Federal Court Orders Appeal Rights on “Observation Status” Issue for Certain Medicare Hospital Patients

Medicare beneficiaries who have been denied coverage for nursing home stays because their time in the hospital was changed from “inpatient” to “observation care” can now appeal to Medicare for reimbursement, a federal judge in Hartford, Conn., ruled last week. The decision opens the door to medically necessary services in skilled nursing facilities that Medicare beneficiaries might otherwise have to forgo because they cannot afford to pay for it themselves. The distinction between being labeled a hospital “inpatient” versus being placed on observation status is important because Medicare only [...]

By |2020-08-21T11:49:41-04:00March 30th, 2020|Blog, Medicare|

Making Connections at a Local Cafe

I have previously described my experience three years ago visiting the groundbreaking concept known as a “dementia village” in the Netherlands.  Another wonderful concept introduced in the Netherlands in 1997 is the “Memory Café”.  The Memory Cafe offers social activities for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia — and their caregivers. Activities include art, music, poetry, presentations and social interaction. While a Memory Cafe is beneficial for those living with dementia, it is also beneficial for their caregivers as well. It is not a place to “drop off” your [...]

By |2020-08-21T12:11:31-04:00February 17th, 2020|Blog, Family|

The New Medicare Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM): What Does It Mean for Nursing Home Residents?

As an advocate for nursing home residents, Rothkoff Law Group strives to educate our clients, their families and consumers about regulatory changes that may affect the care their loved ones receive.   In October 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new payment model for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).  PDPM is described by CMS as a patient-driven care model  that focuses on the diagnoses and characteristics of the patient rather than the services, including the therapy services, provided to them. The [...]

By |2020-08-21T12:18:51-04:00February 3rd, 2020|Blog, Medicare, Nursing Home|

Parenting Your Aging Parents

It is commonplace for an adult child to come to our elder care office feeling exasperated due to the perceived stubbornness of his/her parent.  The adult child is attempting to help the parent receive needed care at home or attempting to convince the parent to transition to an assisted living community.  The parent feels he/she is fine on their own, demands the home health aid to leave the home, and/or refuses to go to an assisted living community.  What can the adult child do under these circumstances? Kaiser Health [...]

By |2020-08-21T12:27:07-04:00January 13th, 2020|Aging, Blog, Caregiver|

Rothkoff 2019 PA Caregiver Award

Rothkoff Law Group announced the 2019 Pennsylvania Caregiver Award winner at its second annual PA Elder Care Symposium on October 24, 2019. Caregiver professionals throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania had the opportunity to nominate an outstanding caregiver in their community who offers exceptional service to an elderly person. The selection process was difficult with many heartfelt nominations of worthy caregivers. We congratulate Reynaldo Aviso of Reliant At Home Care as the 2019 PA Caregiver Award winner. We appreciate all of the support and the valuable participation of our speakers, sponsors, and [...]

By |2020-01-08T13:09:17-05:00January 8th, 2020|Article|

Life Lessons From Two Decades Advocating for Seniors

On February 1, 2000, I began a journey to an unknown destination. On this day twenty years ago, I opened my elder care law office. If you were to tell me twenty years later we would expand to six offices in NJ and PA, employ thirty team members, including five attorneys and six geriatric social workers, establish groundbreaking elder care symposiums in NJ & PA, receive numerous awards and recognition for our firm’s advocacy for seniors, and teach other attorneys across the United States how to engage in legal [...]

By |2020-01-08T13:05:55-05:00January 8th, 2020|Article|

2020 Elder Law Numbers

2020 Medicare Numbers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2020: Basic Part B premium:...............................................$144.60/month (was $135.50 in 2019) Part B deductible:...................................................... $198  ($185.00 in 2019)Part A deductible:......................................................$1,408 (was $1,364 in 2019)Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90:................. $352/day (was $341 in 2019)Co-payment for hospital stay days 91-150:................ $704/day (was $682 in 2019)  All costs for each day beyond 150 daysSkilled nursing facility co-payment, days 21-100:.... $176/day (was $170.50 in 2019)   Also, note that individuals with annual incomes over [...]

By |2020-01-08T13:03:18-05:00January 8th, 2020|Article|

Going Far Beyond

Happy New Year to all of our clients, families, and professional partners.  We hope each of you had a meaningful time celebrating the holiday season with family.  However, we need to keep in mind not everyone has the opportunity to spend the holidays with family.  Our elder care law offices works with several clients who are considered “unsupported elders”, meaning they generally do not have local immediate family to assist them.  Unfortunately, one of our clients in such a situation was transitioned to in-patient hospice on December 23, 2019. [...]

By |2020-08-21T12:33:47-04:00December 31st, 2019|Around the Office, Blog|

2019 Rothkoff Law Group Client Appreciation Event

Thank you to all of our clients and their families who attended our Client Appreciation Event at the Camden Adventure Aquarium last Sunday.  It was so wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves with their families.  One of our clients commented that she was so happy to spend the day with her grandchildren and husband instead of being at home worrying about taking care of her husband.   

By |2020-08-21T12:40:38-04:00December 16th, 2019|Around the Office, Blog|

The Need for Medicare Dental Coverage

Medicare has done so many wonderful things for older Americans since its inception in 1965.  However, to date, traditional Medicare does not cover dental care. Traditional Medicare does not cover preventive dental services like exams, cleanings, and x-rays.  Nor does it cover basic or major restorative services and items like fillings, extractions, root canals and dentures.  When such dental work must be performed in a hospital setting due to the severity of the procedure or the patient’s underlying medical condition or clinical status, Medicare will cover the costs of [...]

By |2020-08-21T12:45:58-04:00December 9th, 2019|Blog, Elder Care, Medicare|
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