New Hope for Medicare Recipients Impacted by “Observation Status” Rules

Being in the hospital in an Observation Status comes as a rude awakening to many seniors. Being placed in a room has always meant you were being admitted. Right? Nope, at best that would be a big maybe. In 2013 it was called the “two-midnight rule” to help clarify defining observation status, but that’s changed. An unintended consequence of this rule and to avoid denial of payments by Medicare for hospital admissions challenged by Medicare

Do You Want Your Loved One Sent to the ER Alone?

There is an important service that should be performed by every Assisted Living Facility when they take on the responsibility of caring for a loved one in your family. In fact I encourage you to add this to your list of criteria when selecting a facility particularly when you are dealing with a senior who is frail or has memory care issues.  The question:  When a resident is sent out of the facility to the

Our Veterans Deserve the Best!

“You served your Country; you earned the best health care possible!” The VA Connecticut Healthcare System focuses on all aspects of a Veteran’s well-being! Weighing your options and making the right choice can be difficult when it comes to health care, especially when you are paying for things you don’t need or life changes leave you uncovered for the things you do. That is why the VA offers a health care package that covers the

The Care Act – Caregivers in PA have More Support!

More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians currently care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. Family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and a new state law is designed to make life a little bit easier for them. Pennsylvania’s CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The law requires hospitals to: •

Long-Term-Care Ombudsman. What’s That?

Ombudsman:   Swedish word meaning “One who speaks on behalf of another” Our Purpose:  We are a free advocacy service mandated by the Older Americans Act to help all nursing home and assisted living residents maintain their quality of life by ensuring that their rights are protected. Who We Help:  Residents, families, and friends of long-term-care residents are encouraged to contact the Ombudsman.  We work with facility staff, hospice, adult protection, and others to get the