Kaiser Health News reported that in 2016 nearly 600,000 seniors took advantage of end of life consultations that are now covered by Medicare. 2016 was the first year health care providers were allowed to bill for the service and the number of seniors who used the service nearly doubled the 300,000 that was projected by the American Medical Association. The article pointed out however that the nearly 600,000 Medicare beneficiaries represented only a fraction of the eligible Medicare providers and patients which was thought to be due to a lack of awareness of coverage for the service. Also, it was speculated that some of the controversy over “death panels” may be a contributing factor.
In past issues of Elder Law Today, we have explained how the Medicaid laws work for married couples when one spouse needs nursing home care. The Spousal Impoverishment Provisions make it clear that the Medicaid program does not intend to impoverish one spouse because the other spouse requires nursing home care. Much of this is […]
Doctors and physiologists are calling for increased awareness of the health risks associated with loneliness, as reported in the Wall Street Journal. A 2010 AARP study found that loneliness among adults age 45 and over is on the rise due to increased divorce rates, social media, and the increased prevalence of single person households. 35% […]
Seema Verna, an administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently wrote an opinion article in the Wall Street Journal. Verna discusses the financial problems facing both Medicare and Medicaid – and the 130 million Americans who rely on these programs. She hopes that the Innovation Center, founded in 2010 to test new […]