Bogus Claim Being Used to Deny Skilled Care and Therapy to Seniors

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This New York Times article is incredibly important and provides a foothold for real advocacy for those needing skilled care and continuing physical therapy and occupational therapy services. Do not let a provider deny services for oft-cited “failure to improve” or “plateau” claims. That is NOT the standard and yet many providers still use it to justify withdrawing or discontinuing care. In fact, Medicare must cover skilled care and therapy when those services are necessary to maintain the patient’s current condition or prevent or slow further deterioration.

For help with estate planning questions or family law issues, call Charlotte-Anne Alexander, Attorney with Colombo Kitchin Attorneys in Greenville, NC, at 252-321-2020.

Legal Considerations in Applying for Medicaid

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The Medicaid program is a complex array of rules and regulations, many of which are misunderstood or unknown.  As a consequence, families and individuals sometimes make unknowing decisions that can affect eligibility for Medicaid, causing tremendous expense and stress.

If you are 50 years or older and want to learn more about the Medicaid program, East Carolina University offers a class through the Lifelong Learning Program.  To learn more, visit the ECU Lifelong Learning Program.

For questions about Elder Law or other civil litigation matters, please contact Charlotte-Anne Alexander at 252-321-2020.

Importance of Estate Planning for Elders

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If you have elder law questions or need assistance with estate planning, contact Charlotte-Anne Alexander with Colombo Kitchin Attorneys at 252-321-2020.  

Elder law attorneys routinely help families with the many legal and logistical entanglements when loved ones lose the ability to manage their own financial affairs or otherwise need to hand over responsibilities. Too often, we elder law attorneys work with families when there is a crisis, for instance, when someone is admitted to a hospital or when caring for a loved one has become overwhelming and finances are in jeopardy.  While many people are hesitant to consider that, one day, they might not be able to manage their own financial needs, the failure to make plans can be financially devastating and incredibly stressful for loved ones, minimizing some helpful options.  Estate planning should be a basic, smart part of everyone’s plan for their future. Working with an experienced elder law attorney to create legally correct documents that reflect your personal wishes not only gives you peace of mind but can be a tremendous help to the loved ones who must manage your financial affairs when and if you cannot.  The following Wall Street Journal article nicely illustrates, in real-life terms, why families need to have clear communication about finances and work with their attorneys to ensure that all necessary legal documents are completed before there is a crisis.  As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-difficult-delicate-untangling-of-our-parents-financial-lives-1459130770?shareToken=std3a9afc2020846978c2a9f3b755ad0df%3Fmod%3De2fb