They say that talking to yourself isn’t crazy as long as you’re not answering your own questions. Well reserve me a padded room because lately I’ve been having conversations with myself, and not just with myself, but with the 78-year-old version of me. Okay, I can hear the footsteps of the men in white coats … Continue reading A Conversation with My Older Me
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is investigating a New Jersey hospital after an investigative article from ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, published an article on October 9, 2019 in which several of the hospital's Transplant team discussed keeping a comatose transplant patient alive "because … Continue reading Comatose transplant patient kept alive allegedly to benefit hospital’s survival rate.
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, nearly a million individuals relied on organizational payees to manage their Social Security benefits in 2018. Due to an aging population, more beneficiaries may need organizational payees in the future. These beneficiaries are among the most vulnerable because, in addition to being deemed incapable of managing their own … Continue reading Who is watching over the nursing home managing Mom’s Social Security?
On October 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began implementing a new payment system for Medicare-covered nursing home care. The payment system is called the “Patient Driven Payment Model” (PDPM). PDPM creates a new set of financial incentives for nursing homes to consider when admitting and discharging residents, as well as … Continue reading What the new “Patient-Driven Payment Model” could mean for Medicare nursing home care.
A recent Barron's article discusses ways in which adult children can protect their parents from financial fraud. Elder Financial Abuse is estimated to defraud older Americans of somewhere between the disparate estimates of $3Billion to $35Billion a year. The large disparity is due to the number of data sources, and estimations of unreported abuse, but … Continue reading Addressing the 800lb gorilla: Most financial scammers of the elderly are family.
A New York Appeals court recently affirmed the State's Medicaid division's decision to deny Medicaid eligibility to the beneficiary of a trust, arguing that the trust gave the trustee too much discretionary authority. The case underscores the need to have an experienced attorney familiar with local Medicaid rules, draft trust documents where protecting Medicaid eligibility … Continue reading Too much trustee discretion prevents elderly beneficiary from Medicaid eligibility.
Today happens to be my birthday...and I'm spending it not writing this post, but trout fishing in Colorado, so happy 59th birthday to me! I will relish this last year of my fifth decade, but I'm also in denial that it's all downhill from here. I intend to do all that I can to stay … Continue reading To live longer, here are some steps you can take – The Washington Post
An elderly couple in Royal Palm Beach Florida has racked up over $400,000 of fines from citations received due to the deplorable condition of their home. Ralph and Marguerite McCormack, age 75 and 71, are reported to have dementia, have no children or close family, and suffer from a hoarding addiction. Conditions were so bad … Continue reading Elderly hoarders must pay up or lose home. The Times – Apalachicola, FL