Category Archives: Care Coordination
All hospitals must now give Medicare recipients notice when they are in the hospital under observation status. The notice requirement is part of a law enacted in 2015 but that just took effect. Signed … Continue reading
Our friends at The Naperville Senior Center shared this month’s article with us. If you haven’t learned about their Adult Day Care services, check out their website at http://www.napervilleseniorcenter.com/. It’s no secret: the technology industry is a young person’s … Continue reading
The federal government recently extended minimum wage and overtime protections to most home health care workers. If you are hiring a caregiver for yourself or an elderly loved one, you need to become familiar with … Continue reading
Michelle Andrews at Kaiser Health News shares a case study highlighting the importance of having HIPAA forms and Powers of Attorney properly executed for you or other loved ones in the event of a medical emergency. When … Continue reading
Who Will Inherit Whitney Houston’s Fortune Following Bobbi Kristina’s Death — and What Are the Lessons?
As it turned out, Houston may have given Bobbi Kristina more money than she could cope with at such a young age. The trustees of the trust – Bobbi’s aunt and grandmother – certainly thought so because they filed court papers to change the will to delay the windfall to Bobbi Kristina, but the trustees later withdrew the request, no doubt realizing that courts invariably follow the terms of a will. But we’ve seen worse. At least Houston did have a plan that didn’t give everything to Bobbi, even though $2 million at age 21 was probably too much. The morals of the story are to update your estate plan when life changes happen and to think long and hard about what effect inherited money will have on a child and on those close to her.
As you get ready to turn 65, you may be inundated with information about Medicare. All this information is confusing, but it is important to do your research before choosing your plan. If you aren’t fully informed, you could end up making mistakes that will cost you down the road, particularly when it comes to how “Medicare Advantage” and “Medigap” plans interact.
Linda Strohschein Supports NAELA Membership Contest to IL DHS Proposed Amendments to the Bureau of Appeals and Hearings
Linda Strohschein, Principal Attorney for Strohschein Law Group, testified to help improve proposed regulations by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Appeals and Hearings.
One way that identity thieves find victims is by looking through obituaries. When writing your loved one’s obituary, try to avoid information that might be useful to identity thieves such as date of birth, mother’s maiden name, or the decedent’s address. Think about what information someone would need to open a bank account and avoid including that in the obituary.
President Obama has signed a new law intended to prevent Medicare beneficiaries from spending days in a hospital only to find that they hadn’t been admitted to the hospital at all – they were only under “observation.” This is important because Medicare covers nursing home stays entirely for the first 20 days, but only if the patient was first admitted to a hospital as an inpatient for at least three days.