August 2018

Medicare 101

New to Medicare? Need a refresher on basic terminology? Here’s a review of the basics. 

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Timothy L. Takacs Named to 2019 Best Lawyers List

Please join us in congratulating Tim Takacs for being named to The Best Lawyers of America list for the 13th year in a row!

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Don’t Be Misled by False Medicare or Social Security Ads

Scammers are hard at work trying to defraud older adults. If you're caring for elderly loved ones, make sure they fall prey to fraudsters' deceptive advertising tactics. This article explains more.

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Changes to CMS Payment Rules: Good News for Patients?

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized three 2019 Medicare payment rules. What do these changes mean for Medicare beneficiaries? This article offers some insight.

 

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Learning the Art of the Ask

How can you best support a person with dementia? Renowned dementia educator Teepa Snow offers useful tips in this though-provoking guest blog.

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Medicaid Monday: Asset Transfers

Many people come to the Takacs McGinnis office with questions about transferring assets. Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey talks about asset transfer scenarios that can create unintended problems for Medicaid applicants.  

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What Do All Those Terms Mean?

The long-term care system can seem like an alphabet soup of programs. What terms, concepts, and programs are older Americans and their caregivers likely to encounter? This article explains.

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The Conflict Box

Elderly parents and their adult children caregivers often disagree on care-related issues. Caregivers urge their parents to accept help, move to an assisted living facility, or surrender the car keys. Parents resist. At Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, we see this dynamic so often that we’ve developed a model to explain it. We call it the Conflict Box. If you've been having difficulty dealing with elderly parents, this article and video may explain why.

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Hospital Discharge Planning

What do you need to know when an elderly loved one is admitted to the hospital? Elder Care Coordinator Debra King explains what to expect.

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Patient Liability & Item D Expenses

What is Patient Liability? If an elderly loved one receives CHOICES benefits in a nursing facility, this is a term you should know. This article explains the basics.

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Sex, Intimacy and Dementia

Sex and older adults – shush! That is the approach taken by many people when this topic of conversation comes up. Add dementia to the mix, and now you really have a subject that is taboo. But burying your head in the sand when it comes to sex talk is not helpful. It’s time to wake up and be realistic about what happens in the bedrooms of aging Americans, including those who have dementia.

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Beware of Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction

What is Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction (POCD)? It's a little-known condition that affects a substantial number of older adults after surgery. Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell has seen the impact that POCD can have in an older person's life. Watch as she shares her story.

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The Importance of Capturing your Parents' Life Story When They Have Dementia

Why is it important to hear and record your parents' stories while they can still tell them? This article offers some insights.

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There Are Many Things We Want to Pass on to Our Loved Ones—Illness Is Not One of Them

August--National Immunization Awareness Month--is a great time to remind everyone about the importance of making sure that elderly loved ones are up to date on their vaccines. Even if they were fully vaccinated as children, the protection from some vaccines can wear off over time, and there are specific vaccines adults may need as they get older. This article explains more.

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Eldercaring Coordination: New Hope for Feuding Families

Have minor disagreements with your siblings about the care of elderly loved ones devolved into all out war? A new court-ordered special mediation approach, similar in many ways to the mediation done by Life Care Planning Law Firms with their elderly clients, offers an alternative to the squabbling.

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