October 2014 Newsletter: Healthcare Reform By the Numbers

Posted: November 5, 2014 6:17 pm
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Date: 11/05/14
Topic: Guardianship: Extracting a Client from the Tsunamis of Life  
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Date: 11/06/14  
Topic: IICLE 10th Annual Elder Law Short Course   
Sponsor: Lifecare Innovations 
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Healthcare Reform By the Numbers:
Facts and Figures that Reflect a Changing Environment

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Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG, LNCC, CNLCP   

Martha Kern 

         

The Affordable Care Act was passed in March of 2010 and has brought with it a number of initiatives, pilots and changes in the way care is delivered. Medicare recipients have seen quite a lot of change and must now be mindful of hospital status and eligibility for post-acute care coverage. Service providers continue to adapt, experiment, and seek ways to survive in an environment that may be costing them money while simultaneously keeping their customers away.

 

Although there are few “big picture” statistics available, the results of all this change are beginning to show up in measurable and interesting ways. Here, then, are some figures that reflect both success and failure, and a marketplace that is far from settled: Continue Reading
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A Strange Sort of Limbo: 
How a Woman Was Lost, Found, and Still Somehow Lost

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Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG, LNCC, CNLCP
Jennifer Tobey, MA, LPC, LAC
Martha Kern

Anita was, by all accounts, a very pleasant woman. She participated in all of the facility’s social outings and taught the other residents how to knit.

 

She could not, however, tell you her name on a consistent basis, nor did she always know which room was hers.

 

She remembered only tiny bits of distant history, some long-ago family associations, a few places she might once have lived.  

 

She could not tell you how she’d come to be in this Assisted Living facility.

 

Mysteriously, neither could anyone else. Continue Reading

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Powerful Choices: 
The Perils and Pitfalls of Power of Attorney Designations
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Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG, LNCC, CNLCP
Martha Kern

   

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It was an attorney who called us and rather bluntly stated: “I have a client here in my office asking me to draw up Power of Attorney documents naming his neighbor as Agent. I told him I’m not going to do it.”

There are many clients in the world who plainly lack an appropriate, willing person to serve as Agent under the Powers of Attorney. There are perhaps fewer attorneys as direct as this one was about their disapproval of plans to appoint an acquaintance, such as a neighbor, a family friend or a service provider, or even a geographically distant relative with whom the client has little contact. Continue Reading

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