On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a statement that waives the three-night hospital stay requirement for Medicare to pay for a patient’s stay at a skilled nursing facility (“SNF”). That means patients at a hospital no longer need to stay at a hospital for three nights in order for Medicare to pay for their stay at an SNF.
Most of the time people don’t choose to go into a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, so it’s no wonder why they are often caught off guard figuring out how the system works and knowing what their responsibilities are. In light of this common predicament, we wanted to release a post to guide families through the complexities that arise during and after their loved one’s stay at a skilled nursing facility.
For simple tasks, automation works; however, when a process’s inputs differ, automation is less effective than manual effort. Coordinating senior care is difficult to automate because the inputs, a person’s circumstances, differ from client to client and the solutions differ based on the family’s needs, bandwidth, and preferences. Many companies have tried to automate the senior living search process. However, to us, it’s obvious that technology is not as effective at exploring a family’s circumstances as a human. Here’s why:
Medicaid “spend down” is when someone spends his or her assets or income to qualify for Medicaid. If a person’s income or assets exceed the law’s limit, Medicaid won’t help that person pay for things such as long-term care in a nursing home. However, Medicaid does permit a person who has income or assets above the limits to make purchases AND be eligible to qualify for Medicaid Long-Term Care as long as: (1) those purchases are enough to put them under the law’s income and asset limits; and (2) are permissible purchases under the law’s guidelines. In the following post, we discuss the items that you can spend money on without Medicaid penalizing you.
In the following post, we break down the cost of assisted living communities in the D.C. area and provide resources that will help qualified applicants pay for their stay at an assisted living community.
In this post, we describe the general differences between assisted living communities and nursing homes. We gathered the information below from Washington D.C. and Maryland sources. While the laws vary from state to state, generally, assisted living communities and nursing homes of each state operate similarly. Prior to your loved one moving into a nursing home or assisted living community, a nurse will assess him or her to make sure that he or she qualifies for the level of care that you are applying to. To save on costs, we recommend applying for the lowest level of care first. With that said, here is a guide to help you determine the appropriate setting of care for your loved one.
We’ve spoken with a few people who have parents that live outside of D.C. and who are worried about them living independently. The children have talked with them about moving to D.C., but the parents aren’t interested. The children are stressed out. Here’s a post for all those people who are going through something similar. You are not alone.
If you’re considering moving into a continuous care retirement community (“CCRC”), you may find out that there can be a large entrance fee. If a community charges an entrance fee, it’s likely there are multiple options for you to choose from. Our post below attempts to explain the factors that you need to consider before making your selection.
Medicaid is a complex program, and when it comes to senior care, there are a few terms that people commonly mix up. In this blog post, we attempt to clarify any confusion between Medicaid, Medicaid Long-Term Care, and the Medicaid Waiver Program.
Adjusting to life in a retirement home can be tough – it involves big changes, like leaving behind a home and all the memories it contains, as well as the feeling of losing a measure of freedom. Psychologists say that even positive changes can be as hard to adapt to as negative ones are, but you can help your loved one make a smooth transition.