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How to plan so Medicaid can pay for your loved one’s nursing home.

The title of this blog is almost¬†ironic. Medicaid, under Virginia law, will pay for the long term care of certain elderly patients who do not have the financial resources to pay for the needed care themselves. Amazingly, families with resources (homes, stocks, cars, and retirement plans) often assume that if they just re-title assets in […]

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Is an assisted living facility a health care provider?

I live in an area where retirees and healthcare are big business. Some of the largest and most profitable employers in the area are our hospitals, nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities. Billboards interrupt our pastoral landscape with images of happy seniors, smiling and laughing over a glass of wine, or relaxing in a […]

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Fewer Transfers = More Profit ?

I recently wrote in our medical malpractice blog about how the focus on profitability in long-term acute care hospitals may affect discharge dates for patients. ¬†Long-term acute care hospitals may be the step just before long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, so I have included that content below: Most of us take for granted that […]

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Why Medicare Ratings for Nursing Homes matter

Would you eat at a restaurant the local health department has rated a D in food safety? Probably not knowingly. So why then, do families place their loved ones in facilities that Medicare has openly rated a 1 out of 5 stars on patient safety? Hopefully, families don’t do this knowingly. They sadly didn’t realize […]

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