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NY State Nursing Homes Staffing Study

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 nominated for Cause Award

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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Call for Community Action: Speak up for Nursing Home Residents

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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ORIGINAL MEDICARE, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE: CHOOSING BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE—PART 2

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 by Facebook

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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HIPAA & Health Care Proxies

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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Changes to your Medicare Card to Protect Your Identity

The 2016 Federal Budget Includes funding to help protect Americans from identity theft. A new law is on the way which does not permit a Social Security Number to be printed on a Medicare card.  (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/21/us/new-law-to-strip-social-security-numbers-from-medicare-cards.html?_r=1). Currently, most Medicare cards have a person’s Social Security Number (“SSN”) printed on the front.  We are all told to…

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Did You Know? – 15 Minute Free Consultations Are Available

Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, Inc. (LSED) in conjunction with the New York State Bar Association – Elder Law Section, will offer free 15 minute consultations to seniors at the Clarence Senior Center on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm  Pre-registration is required. You may pre-register…

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LSED Staff Share Their Knowledge and Expertise with Community Groups

Did you know that in additional to serving clients in seven counties, the LSED staff can share their knowledge and expertise with your staff or community group? Whether you would like a general overview of our services or would like us to focus on a specific area of law, we can develop a custom presentation…

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