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Updated 2020 Elder Law Figures

Happy New Year.  Below are the updated 2020 Elder Law figures for Medicare, Medicaid, and VA. 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 days [...]

By |2020-08-21T12:37:31-04:00December 23rd, 2019|Blog, eNewsletter|

Rothkoff Law Group Team Update

Janie DeLeon Male, our Director of Care Coordination, has been with the Rothkoff Law Group since May 2006.  Effective August 2, 2019, Janie will be leaving our office.   During her thirteen year plus tenure with the Rothkoff Law Group, Janie has become a well-respected local, statewide and national authority on care coordination for seniors within an elder care law office.  She has blazed a trail within an elder care law office for others to emulate both locally and nationally.     Janie has been integral to the growth of our Life [...]

By |2020-08-24T10:36:28-04:00August 1st, 2019|Blog, eNewsletter|

A Very Proud Father

by Jerold E. Rothkoff, Esq. I have been practicing elder care law for almost twenty years, helping families navigate the long-term care process. I receive great personal satisfaction knowing our elder care teams’ advocacy help improve the lives of a senior and their caregiver loved ones. However, unexpectedly, the advocacy I do each day can have additional rewards. Namely, the impact my life’s work has had on our five children. Two of our five children have worked in my office during the summer and witnessed first hand the advocacy and impact we have [...]

By |2020-08-24T10:51:46-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Blog, eNewsletter|

How to Choose Rehabilitation Services at Nursing Homes

Your loved one is about to be discharged from the hospital and the hospital social worker advises your loved one is in need of rehabilitation services prior to going home.  The social worker gives you a list of three area rehabilitation centers which have an open bed.  How do you decide which rehabilitation center is best suited for your loved one? A new tool for decision making is Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website, medicare.gov.  For the first time, the federal government is giving a separate rating to the quality [...]

By |2020-08-24T10:53:19-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Blog, eNewsletter, Nursing Home|

New Jersey Elder Care Symposium – A Recap of a Wonderful Day of Learning

On April 11, 2019 over 230 long-term care professionals gathered at the Westin Hotel in Mt. Laurel, NJ for a full day of learning and networking at the 2nd annual Rothkoff Law Group Eldercare Symposium entitled, “Person Centered Elder Care: Transitioning Theories into Practice". The day started with an esteemed panel of experts on “Research, Clinical Trials and Their Impact on Participants”, a discussion facilitated by Jerry Rothkoff.  The panel consisting of Anna Brocco, Pharm.D., MBA, Director of Operations & Clinical Research, Advanced Memory Research Institute of NJ, Sanjeev [...]

By |2020-08-24T11:07:07-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Around the Office, Blog, eNewsletter|

Changes Ahead For The Terminally Ill with Capacity to Make End of Life Decisions

On Monday, March 25, 2019, the NJ Legislature passed the "Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act". Governor Murphy has stated he will sign the bill. The law may take effect this summer if Murphy approves the bill in the coming weeks.   New Jersey will become the eighth state to allow terminally ill patients with a prognosis of less than six months to live to end their lives after a doctor prescribes a lethal drug. It is important to note what the Aid in Dying law [...]

By |2019-06-11T10:52:00-04:00April 3rd, 2019|eNewsletter|

The Demedicalization of Alzheimer’s Disease

A few months ago, my family and I attended an art reception sponsored by Artz Philadelphia in which all art on exhibit was made by individuals with dementia living in nursing homes throughout the Philadelphia area. It was a moving experience for my family and I to listen to those with Alzheimer's and related dementia explain their artwork. Importantly, it was refreshing to view the individuals as an artist, as opposed to an individual with dementia. Artz Philadelphia, is a nonprofit whose mission "is to provide opportunities for self-expression [...]

By |2019-06-11T10:51:15-04:00March 2nd, 2019|eNewsletter|

Can A Queen Tell A Prince To Stop Driving?

Last week, you may have read Prince Philip, the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, overturned his Land Rover in a car crash on a rural road north of London.  He was unhurt; two women in an oncoming minivan suffered scrapes and a broken wrist. It is not known exactly what happened or who was at fault. The prince told police officers at the scene that he was momentarily blinded by the sun while pulling onto a main thoroughfare.  The incident has prompted some reflection in Britain [...]

By |2019-06-07T18:10:21-04:00February 1st, 2019|eNewsletter|

State of the Firm

December 31, 2018 Dear Friend of the Firm:     We wish you and your families a happy and healthy New Year.  I would like to take a few moments to reflect on the “year in elder care law” and update you on our elder care law firm. Some of the highlights from the world of elder care law in 2018 include: Changes to VA “Aid and Attendance” Benefit – Effective October 18, 2018, the VA  revised the eligibility rules for the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit. The VA added a [...]

By |2019-06-11T11:09:05-04:00January 11th, 2019|eNewsletter|

Walk with Us – Love 4 Lois

Walk with Us - Love 4 Lois Alzheimer’s Disease is relentless. So are we.  Join the Rothkoff Law Group “Love for Lois” team as we walk in honor of our friend and former co-worker, Lois who is living with Alzheimer’s. Walk for Lois.  Walk for your loved one. Walk for a better future. All are invited to join our team for the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association Walk to Remember on November 10th, 2018 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA.  Click here to donate or to register to walk with our team! Download our flyer to [...]

By |2019-06-11T11:06:17-04:00November 11th, 2018|eNewsletter|

Important Legal Announcement – The VA Imposes 3-Year Look Back for Transfers Affecting Wartime Veterans

Since January 2015 when the VA proposed amendments to its regulations concerning the requirements to qualify for the Improved Pension (commonly referred to as Aid & Attendance), we have been waiting for the regulations to go into effect.  On September 18, 2018, the VA published its final regulations. The new rules will go into effect OCTOBER 18, 2018. What Are The New Rules?Three-Year Look-Back For Asset Transfers: Beginning October 18, 2018, there will be a 3-year look back on asset transfers for less than fair market value. Previously you [...]

By |2019-06-11T11:00:13-04:00October 11th, 2018|eNewsletter|

Medicare Update

Medicare is currently in the process of sending new cards to all of their enrollees with new unique Medicare numbers.   The new Medicare identifying numbers will no longer contain social security numbers, in an ongoing effort to prevent identity theft.  You can learn more about this process at www.medicare.gov. Pennsylvania Medicaid/Community Health Choices (CHC) Update As of January 1, 2018, Pennsylvania is making some changes to the way their Medicaid benefits are administered.  Your Medicaid benefits will not change. However, your Medicaid benefits will now be managed through Community [...]

By |2018-08-31T12:31:54-04:00September 1st, 2018|eNewsletter|

Update on Nursing Home Staffing Ratings

According to the Kaiser Health News, Medicare has recently lowered its star ratings for staffing levels in 1 in 11 of the nation’s nursing homes — almost 1,400 of them — because they either had inadequate numbers of registered nurses or failed to provide payroll data that proved they had the required nursing coverage. Medicare only recently began collecting and publishing payroll data on the staffing of nursing homes as required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010.  Previously, the Medicare Five Star Quality Rating System relied upon the [...]

By |2020-08-25T12:15:05-04:00August 1st, 2018|Blog, eNewsletter|

Fathers and Children

Father’s Day typically gets outshined by Mother’s Day, at least if you compare the two days based upon consumer spending.  A Father’s Day gift you may want to consider is the new nonfiction book, “Pops”, by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Michael Chaban.   “Pops” is a collection of seven essays on fatherhood, each of which shines a light on moments revealing the plight of the modern father.      The book began life in 2016 as an article in GQ Magazine for which Chabon was dispatched to write about Paris men’s [...]

By |2020-08-25T12:26:43-04:00June 1st, 2018|Blog, eNewsletter|

A Recap of a Wonderful Day of Learning – New Jersey Elder Care Symposium

On April 12, 2018 over 230 long-term care professionals gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Mt. Laurel, NJ for a full day of learning and networking at the inaugural Rothkoff Law Group Eldercare Symposium entitled, “Eldercare: What Will the Future Bring?” The day starting with an esteemed panel of experts on the landscape of elder care today and tomorrow, a discussion facilitated by Jerry Rothkoff. The panel consisting of Lowell Ayre, President, Aging & Disability Policy and Leadership Consulting, LLC, Wendy Campbell, President and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley [...]

By |2020-08-26T11:41:48-04:00April 30th, 2018|Around the Office, Blog, Caregiver, eNewsletter|
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