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Update on Social Security and Medicare

       The federal government has issued annual updates on the financial soundness of Social Security and Medicare, stating that each government benefit program will run out of money within the next 8 to 16 years or so. Here’s the latest news.        For the first time since 1982 the Social Security […]

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New Medicare ID Cards

      In an effort to prevent fraud, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has redesigned Medicare cards.  The cards are still red, white and blue but they will no longer contain a Social Security number, gender, signature and other personal information, all of which could compromise the Medicare beneficiary’s identity.       The new […]

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An Update on an Important Medicare Decision

                In 2013 I wrote on this blog about an important court decision that impacted many seniors discharged from hospitals to subacute facilities for rehabilitation.  (See my posts on March 25 and April 1, 2013.)  Up to 100 days of rehabilitative services are covered by Medicare but many seniors receive well short of 100 days […]

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Marriage and Medicaid

George called me concerning his step-mom, Rita.  Rita is in the hospital but about to be transferred to a nursing facility where she will remain on a long term basis once Medicare coverage stops.  The conversation quickly turned to Medicaid. George explained that Dad and Rita have been married 5 years.  Rita came into the […]

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Changes in Hospitals’ Treatment of Medicare Patients (Part 2)

Last week we were talking about Medicare’s Affordable Care Act and how the government is trying to reduce Medicare costs by targeting the problem of readmissions.  Beginning last October, Medicare began penalizing hospitals for having too many readmissions.  So, what has the impact been in New Jersey over the past 9 months or so? A […]

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Changes in Hospitals’ Treatment of Medicare Patients

For years hospitals have struggled with the readmission rates of their elderly and disabled patients, those on Medicare.  Government spending on Medicare reached nearly $600 billion last year with a quarter of that cost attributed to hospital inpatient services.  That number is projected to grow 4% a year. Last year, under Medicare’s Affordable Care Act, […]

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New Trend in Medical Care – Geriatric ER?

As I have written often, we will see many changes in the types of services and the ways they will be offered as the population continues to age, with 77 million baby boomers approaching senior status.  One interesting change, in which New Jersey is in the forefront, is the appearance of geriatric emergency rooms. A […]

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Medicare Settlement – How will it change things?

Last week I was discussing the recent settlement in the case of Jimmo v. Sebelius that will have a huge impact on Medicare recipients who need rehabilitative services at home or in a skilled nursing facility.  We’ll have to wait and see how this affects care in the long term but what immediate changes will […]

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Medicare Settlement May Affect Many

Mom has dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis or is in a general declining state of health due to advanced age.  She has an acute condition or injury that requires her entry to the hospital and then to a sub acute facility for rehabilitation.  Up to 100 days of rehabilitative services are covered by Medicare, but […]

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An Opportunity You Don’t Want to Pass Up

This is a special time of year.   No, I’m not talking about Halloween or the traditional holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.  It is Medicare’s open enrollment period, a once a year special event. Medicare is one of the many government programs that can be maddeningly confusing.  There are so many different options to […]

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