CMS Announces New Healthcare Consumer Website

submitted by Liam McMahon, Paralegal In September of this year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched a new website called Care Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/). The website is intended to allow consumers, patients, and caregivers to make informed decisions about their healthcare based on cost, quality of care, volume of services, and other data. In…

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Medicaid Eligibility – Frequently Asked Questions

submitted by Kelly Barrett Sarama, Esq. Why might I need Medicaid? Even though you might have other health insurance, Medicaid is the primary payor of long-term care services in New York State. Medicaid can help you pay for your general health care costs, but it can also provide services above and beyond what your other…

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Testing for COVID-19: Do I Need to Worry about Medical Bills?

submitted by Caroline McDonough, Esq. Each day, we continue to learn more about the widespread impact COVID-19 is having on the world.  With the increased knowledge, comes an increased understanding and awareness of how quickly this virus is able to spread.  Thus, testing is crucial to the efforts to slow the spread of the virus…

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MEDICARE IN ACTION: COVERAGE OF HOSPITAL AND NURSING HOME CARE

submitted by Christopher Phillips PLEASE NOTE: This blog provides general information on Medicare coverage of hospital and nursing home services, from the perspective of a hypothetical patient. Should you have additional questions regarding your specific coverage, please feel free to contact the Center for Elder Law & Justice at (716) 853-3087, or our Legal Advice…

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Coronavirus and Telemedicine – What You Should Know

submitted by Kelly Barrett Sarama, Supervising Attorney Please Note: Health care information has been updating rapidly. The information in this post is current as of April 1, 2020. Please check back frequently for relevant updates. What is Telemedicine? Telemedicine (also referred to as Telehealth) refers to the practice of caring for patients remotely, through the…

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Medicare Questions by Kate Sullivan Nowadly

Will My Rehabilitation Stay at the Nursing Home by Covered By Medicare? For People with Original Medicare: Many people find themselves temporarily in a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation after a going to the hospital- an accident or fall, or perhaps a stroke or a heart attack can cause them to need rehabilitation for a…

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