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Medicare Coverage Change for Therapy Offers Ray of Hope for Caregivers

Posted on 10/25/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingA loved one suffers a stroke, a fall, or has a chronic illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Medicare initially covers payment for vital services such as skilled nursing, home health care and physical, occupational or speech therapy. We see improvement as they heal, grow stronger, speak more and become more engaged in life. Suddenly the bad news is delivered: the patient reaches a “plateau” or doesn’t show “improvement” according to Medicare standards. They will no …

Jennifer Jaff: A Tireless Advocate for Patient Rights

Posted on 09/25/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyJennifer Jaff was a bigger fan of the alternative rock band Pearl Jam than she was of Friedrich Nietzsche. All the same, she proved that the German’s philosopher’s stock aphorism, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” is more than a cliché. In 1975, when she was a 19-year-old college student, Jaff was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the patient’s body attacks itself, causing painful and debilitating chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. It didn’t stop …