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 |2020-03-30T14:25:00-04:00March 30th, 2020|Blog, Medicare|

Rothkoff Law Group Estate and Elder Care Planning During COVID-19: Answers to Common Client Questions

What a difference a few weeks makes in all our lives.  While this too shall pass, clients have been calling with a variety of questions.  In case you have some of the same questions, we wanted to share them with you as answers can ease anxieties. Are we open for business and accepting appointments? YES We are following all health care guidelines and state orders.  Therefore, our entire staff is working remotely. However, we all have access to client documents, and communicate via Zoom, telephone, and/or email.  We are [...]

By |2020-03-30T14:23:35-04:00March 30th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|


To our valued clients, their loved ones and community partners, Rothkoff Law Group is open for business. We understand that elder care law needs still exist during this extraordinary time and in many cases, advocacy is needed more than ever. We recognize the anxiety that both our clients in long-term communities and their loved ones have by not being able to physically be with one another. Our team is here to serve our clients, their families, and our community partners. We are taking all necessary sanitizing and social distancing [...]

By |2020-03-30T14:20:06-04:00March 20th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

Early-onset Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease Increases

We think of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia as a disease effecting older individuals. However, diagnosis rates of early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease tripled between 2013 and 2017, according to a new study.  Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease jumped 200% among commercially insured Americans between the ages of 30 and 64 over a recent five-year period, a new analysis of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurer claims shows. “The increase in early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s diagnoses among a generation who typically wouldn’t expect to encounter these conditions for several decades is [...]

By |2020-03-10T09:31:19-04:00March 9th, 2020|Aging, Blog|

New Form Makes Tax Time Easier for Seniors

With the 2019 tax filing  season upon us, the IRS has attempted to make it easier for seniors to file their 2019 federal tax return.  If you are 65 or older (or you turned 65 any time in 2019), you will have the option to use a new simple tax form for seniors, known as Form 1040-SR: U.S. Tax Return for Seniors, when you file your 2019 taxes in April 2020.  In order to take advantage of this new form, you need to take the standard deduction—and the form incorporates [...]

By |2020-03-02T09:50:14-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Blog, Law Update|

Out With the Old, In With the New

We are proud to announce that we have rolled out a brand new website. Our goal with the new design was to create a more user-friendly experience for our valued clients and professional partners.  We invite you to explore the new look and feel while taking advantage of the same great resources you have come to know and trust.  Some of the key updates include: Mobile and tablet friendly - allowing you to access content on the go An easy to navigate homepage An “Elder Blog” offering extensive articles [...]

By |2020-02-25T09:51:19-05:00February 24th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

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 |2020-02-21T09:24:06-05:00February 17th, 2020|Blog, Family|

Oscars Spotlight: Alzheimer’s

In case you may have missed it, a French animated short film about an artist’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease was nominated for an Oscar for best Animated Short Film at this year’s Academy Awards.  As an artist sinks further into dementia, his world begins to appear more like oil paintings that become more abstract as his condition worsens.  It is beautifully artistic and has a compelling real-life experience. The film took nine months to make and features uniquely styled puppets evoking the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh, Alberto Giacometti [...]

By |2020-02-21T10:07:25-05:00February 10th, 2020|Blog|

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 |2020-02-07T09:23:01-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Blog, Medicare, Nursing Home|

Assisted Living Facility Costs as Tax Deductions

Many caregivers of our clients who are residents of an assisted living facility inquire as to the tax deductibility of the costs of assisted living expenses.   The IRS provides rules for deducting certain qualified long-term care costs as medical expenses. Normally, the costs of nursing home care should be deductible, but the status of Assisted Living Facility (ALF) costs has not been as clear. For ALF residents, qualified long-term care costs are “necessary rehabilitative services, maintenance or personal care services that are (1) required by a chronically ill individual, [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:23:51-05:00January 27th, 2020|Assisted Living, Blog|

Rothkoff Law Group Celebrates 20th Anniversary

“You are only as good as the people you associate with.  Thank you to our entire elder care law team, our clients, and their families for your hard work, dedication, and faith in our office over the past twenty years.  We look forward to many more years of doing what we do – advocating for our clients and their caregiver loved ones.”  -Jerry Rothkoff

By |2020-01-22T12:30:57-05:00January 21st, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

Announcing Rothkoff Law Group’s 2020 Focus on the Professional Seminar Series

We want to thank all of our clients, their families, and professional friends and colleagues who have made our elder care firm seminars so successful by attending our Professional Seminar Series over previous years.  We are proud to announce our 2020 seminar series for long term care professionals and caregivers in both NJ & PA.  We will continue to offer continuing education credits to social workers, case managers and administrators in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Seminars are scheduled in the morning, afternoon, and early evening (for our popular dinner seminars) to best accommodate [...]

By |2020-01-20T18:17:32-05:00January 20th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

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 |2020-05-14T11:09:43-04:00January 13th, 2020|Aging, Blog, Caregiver|

Canada Develops Charter of Rights for People with Dementia

The Alzheimer Society of Canada’s Advisory Group of People with Dementia have published a Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia. It is interesting because it pushes the reader to think about the societal assumptions and presumptions that flow from a diagnosis of dementia.  It is worth a read.  Thank you to my elder law colleague Linda S. Ershow-Levenberg for bringing this to my attention.  Canadian charter of rights for people with dementia

By |2020-02-07T09:44:05-05:00January 6th, 2020|Aging, Blog|
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