HEALTH CARE

CELJ Attorney Lindsay Heckler Provides Testimony to NYS Assembly on Adult Facilities

On September 28, 2017, Center for Elder Law & Justice staff attorney Lindsay Heckler testified before the New York State  Assembly Committees on Health, Social Services, and Aging on the topic of adult care facilities. As the legal liaison to the New York Long Term Care Ombudsman in Region 15, Ms. Heckler sees issues with adult

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CELJ Comments on Proposed Regulatory Revision Allowing Arbitration Agreements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new nursing facility regulations in September 2016, which included consumer protections for residents, which prohibit nursing homes from forcing residents to arbitrate disputes.   CMS has now proposed to roll back these protections to permit nursing facilities to require residents to sign pre-dispute arbitration agreements before

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CELJ Attorneys Lindsay Heckler & Kelly Barrett Testify Before NYS Assembly Committees

On Tuesday, February 27th, Center for Elder Law & Justice attorneys Lindsay Heckler and Kelly Barrett submitted testimony to the New York State Assembly Committees on Health, Labor, Aging and the Task Force on People with Disabilities. The committees had convened to address Home Health Work Force issues. Ms. Heckler presented the testimony, sharing experiences

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Center for Elder Law & Justice Issues Report on Survey Results of Buffalo Area Nursing Home

Last week, the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) released the survey results of nursing facility Emerald North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Emerald North) in Buffalo, New York. The facility has been a Nursing Home Compare 1-star rated facility (on a 5-star scale) since 2013. The decline in ratings comes after the transition

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ORIGINAL MEDICARE, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE: CHOOSING BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE—PART 2

Continuation of last blog’s discussion of this complex and significant choice. c. Original Medicare and Medigap give you the flexibility to go to virtually any provider anywhere in the country. Medicare Advantage HMOs generally limit enrollees to networks, which don’t include all providers, require referrals to specialists, and will not provide coverage out of network

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ORIGINAL MEDICARE, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE: CHOOSING BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE

Medicare is basic health insurance for almost all Americans over 65 years of age, in addition to long-term Social Security Disability recipients and certain other limited groups of people.  It is usually a companion to the Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefit.  It is an insurance program, administered by the Federal government’s Centers for Medicare

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HIPAA & Health Care Proxies

A recent article published in The New York Times highlights the confusion around the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA.  The article is titled HIPAA’s use as Code of Silence Often Misinterprets the Law, and can be found here. The article notes that hospitals, doctors, and nurses often misinterpret the privacy

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Caregiver Supports

At Legal Services for the Elderly, we often work with caregivers who assist clients by providing physical, medical, and emotional support.  We applaud the selfless work of these caregivers; taking care of an aging spouse, parent, friend, or relative can be very rewarding but is also incredibly stressful.  It is important to reach out if

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