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March 25, 2020

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


In a decision issued today, Judge Michael P. Shea of the U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut found that certain Medicare beneficiaries who are placed on “o...

January 9, 2019

Below are figures for 2019 that are frequently used in the elder law practice or are of interest to clients.

Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Figures for 2019

The new minimum community spouse resource allowance (CSRA) is $25,284 and the maximum CSRA is $126,420. Th...

November 28, 2017

By late 2014, Chabela Lawrence wasn’t doing well. She had mostly stopped cooking and cleaning for herself and began, every so often, to get lost on her way home from the neighborhood coffee shop–the one she’d been to a least a hundred times. The following March, the 74...

May 6, 2017

Whether it is the holidays or not, gifting away money or “things” is very often something that people start doing after retirement. That being said, giving gifts can cause problems in ways we don’t realize, especially when someone needs care at home, assisted living or...

March 2, 2017

Medicare will pay for up to 100 days of skilled care in a nursing facility for each spell of illness after discharge (or within 30 days of discharge) from a hospital where the patient has been admitted for at least 3 days.  Medicare pays 100% for days 1 through 20 at n...

May 10, 2016

Beginning August 6, 2016, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act)[1]requires hospitals to provide written and oral notice, within 36 hours, to patients who are in observation or other outpatient status for more than 24...

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