Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Upcoming Webinar on Medicare Observation Status and Improvement Standard in Skilled Nursing Facilities: What Advocates and Consumers Need to Know
When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST
Speaker: Toby S. Edelman, Senior Policy Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
After briefly reviewing requirements for Medicare coverage of a stay in a skilled nursing facility, this webinar will discuss in depth how to overcome two obstacles to coverage – observation status and the myth of medical improvement. Observation status occurs when hospitals label patients as “outpatient” when they are hospitalized, often for multiple days, depriving them of the three-day inpatient status that is necessary for Medicare coverage in a SNF. Regarding the improvement standard, the settlement in the Vermont lawsuit Jimmo v. Sebelius confirms that Medicare pays for “maintenance” nursing and therapy for nursing home residents, dispelling the myth that Medicare pays for care only when a resident will “improve.” Learn how to advocate effectively for Medicare beneficiaries, and where advocates and consumers can get help.
This webinar is open to all!
Cost: $50.00 Registration for Live Webinar (includes mp3 recording) • $15.00 Webinar recording only (mp3, by email).
Monday, February 24, 2014
"New construction is picking up in some markets after the near standstill caused by the recession, although developers seem more favorable to building needs-driven models of seniors housing—assisted living and memory care facilities—rather than independent living communities. Yet, there's also an interest in niche development—university partnerships, for example."
On a seemingly related note, Erickison Living announced earlier this month the start of construction of "Lantern Hill," a new CCRC community in Union County, New Jersey. The plan is to open in the second half of 2015, which would appear to be one of Erickson's first new starts since it emerged from bankruptcy court in 2010 with new owners.
The Levin Associates webinar is set for March 13 at 1 p.m. ET, with developers and architects, brokers and financers scheduled to speak, including individuals from Greystone, Perkins Eastman, and CBRE, Inc.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Recently I received a communication from a professional agent, the head of a nonproft guardianship organization, and someone I have watched in action for eight years. He and his team of carefully supervised agents work on behalf of elderly clients, disabled persons, and family members to handle financial matters. They are paid modestly, on a sliding scale, based on the client's income or estate. Sometimes they are operating as the court-appointed guardians, while other times their authority was granted by the principal through a POA, often with the cooperation (and sometimes the gratitude) of the family.
This professional reported to me that they "are having increasingly difficult times using our authority for legitimate purposes, to the point where we have to subpoena information from banks as the guardian, because they will not accept our appointment." Further, he reports "some banks are not honoring our POA or are adding unreasonable burdens, not required by law, leaving us unable to assist an older person."
Here is an experienced agent, who is trying do the job as a fiduciary in a highly professional manner. On the other side of the aisle are banks and other financial institutions, who have become understandably "gun shy" because of increasingly high profile cases of "bad" agents -- often family or "friends" -- who have misused their authority.
Well, as you might guess, this very topic has generated a timely CLE program! "Dealing With Financial Institutions in Estates, Trusts and with POAs" is the title of a half-day program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute that will take place at the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, February 4, 2014, from 9 to 1:15, in Philadelphia, PA
- Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 9 to 1:15 in Pittsburgh, PA
- Monday, March 3, 2014, from 9 to 1:15, in Mechanicsburg PA
- Live Webcast on Monday, March 3, 2014 via webcasts.pbi.org
The program will focus on "bridging the divide" between financial institutions and agents, to help both sides better understand the powers and limitations conferred by law. In additional to "family" fact patterns, the program will offer insights into fiduciaries acting on behalf of business owners. The faculty include experienced lawyers representing financial institutions and individuals -- plus one of those pesky law professor types.
Pennsylvania, as is true in other states, has a number of potential changes in law pending at the state legislature, influenced in part by the Uniform Power of Attorney Act changes, first recommended for adoption by the states in 2006. The program will provide the lates updates and trends.
For more, including remote access to the live webcast, go to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's webpage, here.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
A recent, interesting "over the transom" email came from a continuing care provider group based in southern Texas. Morningside Ministries was the sender, listing its "top 5" free videos, available on its mmLearn.org website. All five had interesting descriptions -- some addressing provocative and underdiscussed topics -- and when I took a look, I found them professionally presented, often with a welcome dash of humor to lighten the mood. I could see using one or more to initiate class discussions, additional research or conversations.
Here's the list and the links, although in the interest of space, I've shortened the descriptions:
Caring for a sometimes hateful or difficult patient can be difficult, and it can take a toll on the caregiver. .. Dr. Weiss will help you understand some of the reasons for this behavior as well as give you tips for dealing with the difficult situation.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Free webinar: From Plan to Practice: Implementing the National Alzheimer's Project Act in Your State
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Irving Levin Associates hosts commercial webcasts on industry perspectives in M & A and finance in health care and senior housing. On Thursday, November 14, they are offering a webcast (1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern) on "Assisted Living Facilities: Buying, Selling and Valuing."
As part of the marketing, Levin reports that in 2012, commercial transactions for "assisted living communities set a new pricing record at an average price of $164,000 per unit, which topped the previous record set in 2007." Further, Levin reports:
"Many factors enabled this to happen such as a drop in cap rates, an increase in lenders in the market, higher quality properties and portfolios in the market and many more aggressive buyers, including the smaller REITs and private equity firms. . . . There is a fear that with so much new development in certain markets, and with new developers entering the market, the assisted living sector may be faced with another round of overbuilding."
Sounds like an interest set of issues for discussion by the panel, as investors continue to look to retiring boomers for market inspiration.
Monday, October 28, 2013
- Competency, 11/14/2013, 2-3p EasternTime Register Now for Webinar 1
- Confidentiality, 12/12/2013, 2-3p EasternTime Register for Webinar 2
- Multi-representation, 1/16/2014, 2-3p EasternTime Register for Webinar 3
Friday, October 11, 2013
"The 50+ Workforce:
High Potentials You Might Be Overlooking"
Webcast Date: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
Click here to view an introductory video from the webcast presenters:
This webcast explores what employers should know about a group that has been called the largest trained pool of future employees, and sheds light on challenges and opportunities faced by mature workers.
- Susanne Bruyère, ILR School associate dean, director of the Employment and Disability Institute, and professor of Disability Studies, will share recent research, including findings of an employer survey focused on mature workers;
- Linda Barrington, executive director of ILR’s Institute for Compensation Studies, studies employment and pay issues, and will offer perspectives on implications for maturing workers;
- Emily Allen, vice president of income impact, AARP Foundation, will talk about strategies to effectively engage the 50-plus workforce as a solution to worker and skill shortages.
For more information about upcoming webcasts, please contact Lori Biechele, Cornell University ILR School, 607-254-8941, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The alphabet soup for deciphering housing and long term care options can be daunting. ALs, CCRCs, NHs (or my old favorite, SNFs), NORCs. Are the differences real or just part of marketing?
Those bright, hard-working folks at the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) know the differences, including what is or isn't eligible for Medicaid coverage from state to state. Even better, they're willing to share their expertise, offering a webinar on the "Pluses and Minuses of Assisted Living, for Policy-Makers and Consumers." I would add "students" to that list of important participants.
Date: Tuesday, October 15 (Yikes -- that is soon!)
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time)
Details and on-line registration are here. And even though there's no cost for this session, I suspect that if you find yourself appreciating this kind of programming, and want to see more offerings, someone at NSCLC just might accept your (tax deductible) donation!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Pennsylvania has the 4th largest population of "older adults," with more than 21.4% over age 60, according to Pennsylvania Department of Aging's State Plan on Aging 2012-2016. Not surprisingly, "elder law" is a hot topic in the state. Upcoming continuing legal education programs offered by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute include:
The Nuts & Bolts of Medicaid Planning (Live in Pittsburgh on October 9, Philadelphia on October 10)
Estate Planning: Beyond the Basics (Live in Pittsburgh on October 17, Allentown on October 29)
Elder Law Update (Live in Mechanicsburg on November 7, Philadelphia on November 15 and Pittsburgh on November 21)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The New York City Bar is hosting an evening program on October 24, 2013 on Tax & Estate Planning under the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The CLE program will be available in multiple formats, including a live Webcast.
The program description:
"Estate planning has become more complicated as a result of the new tax law, especially in decoupled states such as New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Preparing an estate plan involves the interplay of the Federal estate tax, the state estate tax, portability, higher income tax rates, basis step-up, and asset protection. This course will cover the provisions of the new law and how the new law and its interaction with state law affects the planning for clients with various size estates. Income tax issues including the benefits of the Roth conversion under the new law will also be discussed."
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Defining and Delivering “Disability-Competent Care”
The CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office is facilitating a webinar series for interested providers and health care professionals, front-line staff with health plans and practices, and stakeholders to introduce and explore the many uses of the Disability-Competent Care (DCC) Model. The DCC model is a resource for providers, health plans, and healthcare organizations to enhance capacity to integrate care for adults with disabilities. Webinars will be tailored by audience and topic within this subject area.
Meeting the needs of persons with disabilities is of increasing importance as individuals live longer and the prevalence of adults with functional limitations and disabilities rises. With this in mind, this webinar will present the Disability-Competent Care model which is centered on the individual, delivered by an interdisciplinary team, and focused on achieving and supporting an individual’s maximum function. Providers serving adults with disabilities developed the care model.
This webinar series, and subsequent presentations geared toward specific audiences (e.g. front-line staff), will also seek the input from participants regarding how best to disseminate these and other Disability-Competent Care resources to healthcare professionals who connect with adults with disabilities at all points in the healthcare delivery process.
Please contact Laura.email@example.com or Kerry.Branick@cms.hhs.gov if you have questions in advance of this event.
The Disability-Competent Care model was developed by the Disability Practice Institute (DPI). DPI is founded by three plans: Commonwealth Care Alliance, Community Health Partnership, and Independence Care System. The Lewin Group, under contract with the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, partnered with DPI to create the Leading Healthcare Practices and Training: Defining and Delivering Disability-Competent Care webinar series.
Interested participants are encouraged to pre-register for each webinar in the series here.
Participant Dial-in #: (866) 615-1886 Access Code: 301728
Date (first webinar): Wednesday September 4th, 2013
Time: 2 – 3PM EDT
All presentations will be recorded and available for download.