Medicare Settlement Means No More ‘Improve or You’re Out’

A federal judge has approved the proposed Settlement Agreement in the Medicare Improvement Standard case, Jimmo vs. Sebelius, clearing the way for thousands of Medicare beneficiaries to receive needed health services to maintain their current level of functioning. The settlement, which represents a significant change in Medicare coverage rules, ends Medicare’s longstanding practice of requiring people to show a likelihood of improvement in order to receive coverage of skilled care and therapy services. The Agreement, which is retroactive to the …

Industry Likes Medicare Home Care Expansion, But Cost Is Unknown

By Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News Patient advocacy and industry groups are cheering Medicare‘s move to start paying nursing home, home care and physical therapy bills for some patients who were previously denied coverage. But how much extra it will cost the government is far from clear. The change “is expected to affect the lives of tens of thousands of Americans, perhaps hundreds of thousands” with chronic conditions, Gill Deford, a lawyer with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, told …

NBC Highlights Caregiving Campaign – And My Family!

AARP and the Ad Council are teaming up to raise awareness about the 42 million Americans who care for a loved one - people like me who are family caregivers. This campaign is designed to help us find the quality information, resources and support that we desperately need. As part of my work with AARP, I am serving as a spokesperson for this campaign – and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s the quintessential convergence of my personal and professional lives. I’m deeply passionate …

The Goyers: Opting for Multigenerational Living

I’ve had a strange obsession with watching The Waltons the past few months. I find myself DVRing every episode on three different channels. I watch 4 episodes a day. For some reason, I’ve been oddly attracted to their TV-land multigenerational family living and the connection to my childhood (when The Waltons was in its prime.) Now I know why. In the beginning of September my parents and I will be moving in together, forming our own version of 21st century …