health care

  • Pitfalls To Privately Run Long-Term Care Programs

    While there has been plenty of attention paid to the Affordable Care Act, another change in the way we deliver and pay for health care is underway without much fanfare. But it too may bring with it a number of concerns. California is among at least 26 states that are introducing mandatory programs that put […]

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  • Protect Yourself from Affordable Care Act Scams

    Even though the Federal government is currently shut down, as this country moves toward the changes brought forth by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, you should beware of the potential for the theft of your personal information. Remember, whenever a natural disaster or tragedy occurs or a new law goes into effect, scammers […]

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  • Off to College? Don’t Forget Your HIPAA!

    The hot and lazy days of summer are almost over; parents are thinking about back-to-school sales, kids are making the most of their final days of freedom, and college freshmen are getting ready to embark on their first year of adult-hood. Most of these college students have a list (whether mental or physical) of all […]

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  • Veteran Journalist Shares Her Personal Experiences Entering the Medicare System

    Trudy Lieberman has had plenty of experience with Medicare—of course up until now most of it was from the outside looking in. As a journalist for more than 40 years specializing in insurance, health care, health care financing and long-term care, one would think that when the time came this year for her to enter […]

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  • New Criteria for Alzheimer’s Can Lead to Early Diagnosis, Better Treatment and Planning

    In our practice, we often encounter clients who have family and friends who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease. This is a devastating illness which affects families all over the country; from the adult child who fears that her father’s recent forgetfulness might be a harbinger of something more sinister, to the elderly gentleman who wonders how […]

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  • New POLST Program Raises Awareness About End-Of-Life Decisions

    A recent article in the Wall Street Journal shines the light on a new program being instituted by a growing number of states called “Physician-Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment,” or POLST. “A POLST, which is signed by both the patient and the doctor, spells out such choices as whether a patient wants to be on […]

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  • Government Rescinds Medicare Coverage of End-Of-Life Planning

    Apparently the suspicion surrounding end-of-life planning is not as far in the past as we might have hoped. The recent Medicare regulation which would have allowed the government to pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care was rescinded only days after it was enacted. Why such an abrupt turnaround? The reason is […]

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  • Taking Time for End-Of-Life Planning

    Advance Health Care Directives (legal documents which include a nomination of your health care agent, and your preferences for end-of-life care) saw a lot of press in 2009 when the Obama administration sought to include end-of-life planning in the new healthcare overhaul. The option was dropped after a media firestorm about “death panels,” but according […]

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  • The Quiet Devastation of Alzheimer’s Disease

    According to a recent report put out by the Alzheimer's Association, 5.3 million people have Alzheimer’s disease. Chances are that you or someone you know has been touched by this illness. In spite of these overwhelming statistics, Alzheimer’s continues to be a disease that sneaks up on individuals and their families, quietly tearing apart lives […]

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  • Communication is Key: Talk to Your Doctor About Your End-Of-Life Wishes

    Part of creating an estate plan is talking to your spouse, your family—and yes, your attorney—about your end-of-life wishes. A living will or healthcare directive is an essential part of any estate plan. This is the document in which you nominate the person or people who will make healthcare decisions for you when you are […]

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