Friday, February 20, 2009

Larry Frolik is a dude!

This post was copied directly from the Wills, Trusts, and Estates Prof Blog:

Lawrence A. Frolik (Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law) has recently published his book entitled Residence Options for Older and Disabled Clients.

Here is a description of this book:

With the recent census figures reporting that more than 35 million Americans are age 65 and older and the expected prolonged life expectancy, the need for appropriate housing is inevitable. Residence Options for Older and Disabled Clients is a new book that provides comprehensive guidance on the many different types of housing available for aging and disabled individuals. It starts with the most independent type of living, proceeds through transitional forms of housing and ends with an in-depth discussion of medically-assisted housing.

It is crucial for attorneys of aging and disabled clients to be adequately informed about various housing options as there are many legal consequences involved with selling their existing home and joining a heavily-regulated, planned community. Attorneys have the opportunity to offer their clients important practical advice about age restricted housing and deed restrictions and thereby steer them away from potential problems. This guide provides you with guidance and answers critical questions to help you counsel your clients.

Housing options include:

• Condominiums and cooperatives
• Planned communities and homeowner associations
• Continuing care retirement communities 
• Assisted living
• Group homes for the disabled
• Nursing homes
• Hospice care
• And much more.

Whether you’re a lawyer, financial planner, geriatric case manager or a caregiver, this book will expand your knowledge of the various types of housing and offers you assistance in selecting the most appropriate place for an individual’s specific needs.

WWLLS? (about the copying, I mean...)

February 20, 2009 in Housing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Legendary wrestler Verne Gagne and a tragic tale of Alzheimer's

Verne Gagne, 82, is a former wrestling champion who has attained folk legend status in Minnesota. And Helmut R. Gutmann, 97, was a former cancer researcher who came to this country after fleeing Hitler's Nazi Germany.  Both have suffered from Alzheimer's-related dementia and had been residing in a Bloomington facility housing people with Alzheimer's and dementia.  In a tragic moment on Jan. 26, Gagne apparently threw Gutmann to the floor. Gutmann was taken to the hospital and died 20 days later.


It's not known what precipitated the incident between the two men at the memory loss unit of the Friendship Village retirement community. But according to Gutmann's widow, Betty Gutmann, Gagne picked up the diminutive and frail man and hurled him violently to the floor, breaking his hip.

More on this story in the MInnesota Post.

February 20, 2009 in Health Care/Long Term Care | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

The ABA wants your book proposal!!!

Frolik Larry "The  Dude" Frolik (Pitt) writes:

   The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is eager to publish your book. If you have an idea for a book or a concept that might become a book, consider submitting your idea to the ABA Senior Lawyers Division for possible publication. I have published two books through the ABA Senior Lawyers Division and was very pleased with the process and the books that were published.
    ABA Book Publishing is a first rate enterprise with excellent editorial support that helped me to publish my books in a professional and timely manner. I was even asked to help select the book cover. The post-publication promotion of the books has been very good. The ABA uses book publications as a means of creating revenue for the Sections and Divisions and so is very aggressive in promoting its books.
    As an author you benefit from those sales because every book sale yields a royalty for you. You, as author, and the ABA are essentially partners in seeing that the book is successful.
    ABA Book Publishing creates trade publication paperbacks, which means the book is printed and distributed soon after you finish the manuscript. Throughout the process the turnabout time is short and the editors very professional. The result is a handsome product that will bring you pride of authorship and hopefully some additional income.
    If you have any questions about publishing with the ABA, please feel free to contact me or you can contact Catherine A. Kruse at ABA Book Publishing. Her phone number is 312-988-6112 and her email is
    Remember. You don’t have to have a fully developed book idea to initiate a discussion about publication. The ABA will work with you to bring your concept into a published book.

February 20, 2009 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Upcoming conferences on aging issues

March 11–15, 2009
Ninth International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases
Prague, Czech Republic

March 12–15, 2009
Ageing in the Mediterranean World
Valletta, Malta

April 14–16, 2009
Sixth-Annual World Health Care Congress
Washington, D.C., United States

...via AARP International newsletter.

February 20, 2009 in Other | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Pay home health care workers as part of stimulus plan

Interesting post from Health Beat Blog today--here's an excerpt:

Now that the economy is in decline with massive job losses, consider the economic effect of providing well earned money to the 46 million personal care providers (31 million full-time equivalents). Paying minimum wages to family and friends of the disabled for their caretaking time ($7.25 per hour beginning July 2009) would cost about $360 billion per year (46 million health aides x 21 hours per week average per caregiver x 52 weeks/year x $7.25 per hour for wages plus benefits = $364 billion).

A successful model program exists. For people with Medicaid insurance, a pilot project of giving disabled people money to pay for their own caregivers has been a huge success. Investigators at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. found that, compared with services from traditional home care agencies, Medicaid’s “Cash and Counseling” program gave disabled people and their caregivers improved quality of life and resulted in less use of nursing homes.

These 31 million full-time equivalent paid jobs could be created immediately. This $360 billion spread broadly (average yearly income: about $7,800 for 46 million people) would be what the doctor ordered to immediately help counteract massive job losses throughout most economic sectors. Much of the money would be immediately returned to taxpayers, because paying these health care workers would mean they require less public assistance. The collateral economic benefit of the money these workers would spend for necessities would have an infinitely greater multiplier effect in creating more jobs than lavishing more billions on banks or enacting the $800+ billion proposed stimulus bill. It would address Republican concerns that the stimulus create jobs immediately and Democrat priorities that the money go to help the poor.

Read the full post here:

February 13, 2009 in Health Care/Long Term Care | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Compassion & Choices on the seven principles of patient-centered care

Compassion & Choices today released its Seven Principles for Patient-Centered End-of-Life Care and urged that they guide health care reform.  “As individuals face the end of life, and try to navigate the health care system, their own values and choices should be paramount. Our seven principles – focus, self-determination, autonomy, personal beliefs, informed consent, balance, and notice - are designed to guide health care providers and policy-makers to place patients’ values at the center of end-of-life care,”’ said Compassion & Choices President Barbara Coombs Lee.

Read more here:

February 12, 2009 in Advance Directives/End-of-Life | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Medicaid related reports of interest

The National Health Law Program recently released a new study entitled, “Fact Sheet: Developments Affecting Medicaid Cases Filed under 42 U.S.C. §1983.” The analysis offers useful information and legal strategies for advocates representing Medicaid recipients and applicants who encounter difficulties when state Medicaid programs do not comply with mandatory requirements of the federal Medicaid Act.  The publication can be found on:

The Kaiser Family Foundation issued an updated report, “Challenges of Providing Health Coverage for Children and Parents in A Recession:  A 50 State Update of Eligibility Rules, Enrollment and Renewal Procedures, and Cost-sharing Practices in Medicaid and SCHIP in 2009.” For further information, go to:

Source:  National Health Law Program Communique,

February 10, 2009 in Medicaid | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Quick and dirty overview of COBRA...

...prepared for one of our Congresspersons who doesn't understand how it works...

Health Insurance Continuation Coverage Under COBRA

Most Americans with private group health insurance are covered through an employer, coverage that is generally provided to active employees and their families, and may be extended to retirees. A change in an individual?s work or family status can result in loss of coverage. In 1985, Congress enacted legislation to provide temporary access to health insurance for qualified individuals who lose coverage due to such changes. Under Title X of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA, P.L. 99-272), an employer with 20 or more employees must provide those employees and their families the option of continuing their coverage under the employer?s group health insurance plan in the case of certain events. The coverage, usually for 18 months, can last up to 36 months, depending on the nature of the triggering event. The employer is not required to pay for this coverage; instead, the beneficiary can be required to pay up to 102% of the premium. Employers who fail to provide the continued health insurance option are subject to penalties. In 1987, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations providing guidance for employers on COBRA. The regulations were finalized in February 1999 and January 2001. Final regulations regarding COBRA notification requirements were issued by the Department of Labor in May 2004. Some maintain that in requiring employers to provide former employees with the option of continuing their health insurance coverage, COBRA has resulted in extra costs for employers (in the form of increased premiums for employers? group health insurance policies), as well as added administrative burdens. Regardless of costs, others maintain that COBRA should be expanded to include new eligibility categories and longer coverage periods, so that more workers and their families have a source of group health insurance coverage during periods of job or family transitions. They argue that the financial and administrative burdens on employers have been exaggerated. This report provides background information on continuation health insurance under COBRA and on the COBRA population. It will be updated as events warrant.


February 6, 2009 in Health Care/Long Term Care | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

GAO publishes info on state Medicaid allocations under proposed stimulus package

GAO publishes info on state Medicaid allocations under proposed stimulus package

February 4, 2009 in Medicaid | Permalink | TrackBack (0)