Articles for Living

The Importance of Pre-Planning

Let’s face it - death is a fact of life most of us don’t like to face. But the fact of the matter is, it is an inevitability for which we all should plan for and be prepared. And, in the wake of continued medical advances, people are living longer and requiring elder care well into their senior years. Considering the breadth of pre-planning, we asked five local leaders in the field for their expertise on the options and factors to consider when preparing in advance for your health care, senior living, finances, and funeral and memorial service decisions. For the full PDF version, click here. What are the benefits of pre-planning? NICOLE COOK: Knowledge is power! Being aware of the housing

Jimmo Corrective Action Plan Completed

As ordered by the federal judge in Jimmo v. Sebelius, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a new webpage containing important information about the Jimmo Settlement on its CMS.gov website. The Jimmowebpage is the final step in a court-ordered Corrective Action Plan, designed to reinforce the fact that Medicare doescover skilled nursing and skilled therapy services needed to maintain a patient’s function or to prevent or slow decline. Improvement or progress is not necessary as long as skilled care is required. The Jimmo standards apply to home health care, nursing home care, outpatient therapies, and, to a certain extent, for care in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilit

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