The M&B Weekly

October 1, 2012
Jane Dobisz
In this issue...
Medicare's Observation Policy Comes Under Scrutiny
The Seasons of Alzheimer's
Embracing Change: Nourishing Mind, Body and Practice
Chair Yoga for People with Parkinson's
Hearing Decision Sets Rate for Family Caregivers
Probate v. Non-probate Property 101

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Medicare's Observation Policy Comes Under Scrutiny


Medicare is launching a pilot program to determine whether relaxing hearing decision its payment rules can help patients who require nursing home care after a hospital stay and then are charged thousands of dollars. Seniors are often unexpectedly required to pay for nursing home care because they were considered to be under "observation" in the hospital, rather than receiving inpatient care.  As a result, Medicare will not cover their post-hospitalization skilled nursing care.  According to an article in the Washington Post, the new program may make it easier for hospitals to label patients as inpatients.

 Click here to read more on this article.

The Seasons of Alzheimer's

Come join us at Springhouse Senior Living   
Community on Wednesday, October 10th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., to experience four educational presentations on the topic of Alzheimers.  Attorney Margolis from Margolis and Bloom, LLP will speak on what to do after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Please RSVP to reserve your spot by calling 617.522.0043.

Click here to learn more about the program.
 Embracing Change: Nourishing Mind, Body and Practice

The theme of this year's Geriatric Care Managers of New England 2012 Conference is "GCM's Embracing Change: Nourishing Mind, Body and Practice." Take a day to learn about cutting edge issues, meet with exhibitors offering innovative products and spend time with colleagues who always have something to offer.

This program is scheduled on Sunday, November 4th and Monday, November 5th at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough.

Click here to read the full program.

Click here to register by Friday, October 5th.
Chair Yoga for People with Parkinson's Disease

Many people with Parkinson's disease and their care partners report that practicing yoga helps their bodies and their mood. The class is taught by Vera Moshkevish, RYT, a registered yoga teacher who has received numerous yoga certifications from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Mind/Body Institute at the Harvard Medical School, Yoga for Students with Parkinson's Disease, and Yoga for Older Adults. Vera has 25 years of experience in practicing and teaching yoga to various artists.

The Fall class at JF&CS Headquarters, located at 1430 Main Street, Waltham, begins Tuesday, October 9th and continues for six sessions (no class on October 16).

The cost is $90 for six sessions for one person or $150 for a person with Parkinson's and a partner. Financial aid is available.

To register, please contact Nancy Mazonson at 781.693.5069 or by email at Space is limited.
Hearing Decision Sets Rate for Family Caregivers

hearing decision In a carefully considered fair hearing decision Kelley (Appeal Number 1107194), hearing officer Zohra Aziz determined that $17.50 an hour was an appropriate rate for a woman with dementia to pay family members for her care.

Over two years, from April 2007 through March 2008, the woman paid her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter a total of $204,888.50 pursuant to three separate personal care contracts under which she agreed to pay $20 an hour.  The family kept detailed logs of the care they provided and were only paid after providing the care. 

Click here to read more on this article written by Harry S. Margolis.
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