submitted by Christopher Phillips, Esq. Planning for the future is important.  Life can change in the blink of an eye, so it is important to think ahead and find ways to look after yourself and your affairs.  The decision to put documents in place is a personal one.  The content below provides general information regarding…

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Submitted by: Tracey Casseus, Staff Paralegal As the COVID-19 virus spreads across the globe and throughout the United States, many of us are concerned about what will happen to us if we get sick. During this uncertain time, it is important, now more than ever, to create an advance health care directive in case you…

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The Center for Elder Law & Justice has partnered with Lake Shore Savings Bank to utilize the Senior Financial Safety Tool (SFST). The SFST is a web-based application that screens older adults for common warning signs of financial exploitation. Our goal is to develop a detection and referral system so that we can work collaboratively…

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Lindsay-Heckler Portrait

On September 20th, 2019, NY State Department of Health is having the first of two meetings to examine how staffing enhancements, and other initiatives, can be used to improve patient safety and the quality of healthcare service delivery, in hospitals and nursing homes. Supervising Attorney Lindsay Heckler will be there to give brief testimony on…

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Karen Nicolson

The Center for Elder Law & Justice is proud to announce that CEO Karen Nicolson has been selected as a Finalist for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s Centennial Awards. Karen is nominated for the Cause Award, which honors a change maker dedicated to addressing a pressing issue in our region. The winner in each…

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Prepared by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued proposed rules for the purpose of reducing nursing home provider burden. The proposed rules do nothing to improve the quality of care in nursing homes. The Center for Elder Law & Justice is against the proposed changes and will be…

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Continuation of last blog’s discussion of this complex and significant choice. c. Original Medicare and Medigap give you the flexibility to go to virtually any provider anywhere in the country. Medicare Advantage HMOs generally limit enrollees to networks, which don’t include all providers, require referrals to specialists, and will not provide coverage out of network…

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Service of process is an essential part of our justice system.  If one is the subject of a complaint or petition, in order for them to confront that allegation in court, service of process is required as an essential part of due process.  While service of process is required for all kinds of litigation, it…

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A recent article published in The New York Times highlights the confusion around the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA.  The article is titled HIPAA’s use as Code of Silence Often Misinterprets the Law, and can be found here. The article notes that hospitals, doctors, and nurses often misinterpret the privacy…

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