The M&B Weekly     
April 8, 2013  
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Jane Dobisz
In this issue...
When is a Hospital Stay Not a Hospital Stay?
Life Estate Owers: Beware Solvency of Remaindermen
Medicare and Health Insurance 101 for Baby Boomers
Parkinson's Disease: Next Generation Treatments & Technologies
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Life Estate Owners:  Beware Solvency of Remainderman

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When Is a Hospital Stay Not a Hospital Stay? Bill Aims to Fix Costly "Observation" Loophole


Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) is introducing a bill to change Medicare law so that elderly patients are not unfairly charged for receiving needed nursing home care after being hospitalized.


In a press release, Sen. Schumer said the plight of Isadore "Ike" Cassuto, an 88-year-old retired tax attorney and former WWII pilot, is typical of the cases of thousands of elderly Americans who have been unreasonably denied Medicare coverage for required care.


After breaking his pelvis in November, Mr. Cassuto spent four days at an Albany, N.Y., hospital before being transferred to a nursing home for three weeks of rehabilitation. Medicare covers such nursing home stays entirely for the first 20 days, but only if the patient was first admitted to a hospital as an inpatient for at least three days. It turned out that, unbeknownst to him, Mr. Cassuto had spent his four days in the hospital merely under "observation" without actually being admitted. This meant that he was entirely responsible for his subsequent $6,000 nursing home bill.

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Life Estate Owners: Beware Solvency of Remaindermen

In a recent decision, Gordon v. Pappalardo (BAP No. MW 12-60, March 13, 2013), the U.S. Bankruptcy Panel for the First Circuit confirmed a Bankruptcy Court decision that holders of a remainder interest in real estate in Massachusetts do not qualify for homestead protection.


A life estate is a common form of real estate ownership often used for estate and long-term care planning purposes. Typically, parents will execute a deed reserving a life estate and granting a remainder interest to their children. As a result, both the parents and the children own an interest in the real estate, but the parents have the full right of possession during their lives. According  to the ruling in this case, the children do not qualify for homestead protection.

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Medicare and Health Insurance 101 for Baby Boomers


Lucy Meadows, a licensed health insurance 

advisor and an experinced health care advocate and public health manager, will provide you with guidance on how you can approach your Medicare options through a lively and interactive session. 



The program taking place on Tuesday, April 30th, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Modera Wealth Management, LLC, located on 535 Boylston Street, Suite 300 in Boston.
Seating is limited so please e-mail Alicia at to reserve your spot.
Parkinson's Disease:  Next Generation Treatments & Technologies

will speak on the next generation treatment and
technologies for Parkinson's disease at the
Goddard House Dinner Lecture Series.  They
will explore current and emerging treatment trends, with emphasis on non-invasive brain stimulation, technologies, their proposed mechanisms, timelines of development and area trials.
The lecture and discussion will take place on Tuesday, April 23rd, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Goddard House located on 165 Chestnut Street in Brookline.
Seating is limited so reserve a spot by calling (617) 731-8500 ext.105 or e-mail
Green News
Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd so why not embrace it all month long and find different ways to improve your green habits and for anyone just going green, the Spring is a great time to start.... 
For anyone looking to visit Boston or for those of you locals just looking for a relaxing "staycation," you can visit The Lenox Hotel, one of country's most environmentally-friendly and sustainable hotels.  They will be offering a month-long program of green amenities.
For further information on these amenities, click here.