3-day hospital inpatient status rule

Medicare’s 3-day hospital inpatient status rule

By Miles Hurley | May 7, 2024

Have you heard of Medicare’s 3-day hospital inpatient status rule? No? Well, you’re not alone. While the terminology may appear daunting, it holds significant implications for beneficiaries of Medicare, particularly those seeking skilled nursing facility (SNF) care after a hospitalization. Inpatient status is imperative To be eligible for Medicare coverage of SNF care , at…

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Nursing home regulations

A major update in nursing home care regulations

By Miles Hurley | April 30, 2024

Last week the Biden Administration announced a pivotal update to nursing home care regulations, introducing the final Nursing Home Minimum Staffing Rule. This significant regulatory change in nursing home regulations aims to enhance the quality of care for residents in facilities that receive federal funding through Medicare and Medicaid. What’s new? Under the new rule,…

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Medicare open enrollment FAQ

Medicare open enrollment FAQ

By Miles Hurley | October 24, 2023

This month, we are taking the time to do a deep dive into Medicare and the open enrollment process. Last weeks blog reviewed the four different parts of Medicare. Today, we will share some practical information to help you on your journey. This Medicare open enrollment FAQ, can clear up some myths, answer some basic…

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Different parts of Medicare

What are the “parts” of Medicare and what does each cover? 

By Miles Hurley | October 17, 2023

Relax in your favorite chair, grab your pumpkin spiced latte and light the logs in the fireplace…. it’s time to research your Medicare options for 2024. Medicare open enrollment is here.  So let’s dig in and look at what are the parts of Medicare and what does each part cover. Medicare has 4 Different Parts…

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Medicare open enrollment

Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment for 2024

By Miles Hurley | October 10, 2023

It’s that time of year again when the leaves are changing, and the healthcare landscape is shifting. Yes, you guessed it – it’s Medicare Open Enrollment season! What do you need to know to navigate Medicare open enrollment in 2024? Understanding Medicare Open Enrollment Let’s break it down. What exactly is Medicare Open Enrollment? Well,…

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Medicare price negotiations

Lowering drug prices for seniors

By Miles Hurley | September 5, 2023

Last week the Biden administration unveiled a list of the first 10 medicines that will be part of price negotiations with Medicare. The negotiations were included in the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act. This negotiation program is being fought by pharmaceutical companies but should be a ‘win’ for seniors and Medicare.  Lowering perscription drug prices for…

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The discharge process

The Discharge Process

By Miles Hurley | May 30, 2023

Families often call us when their loved one is in a nursing home for rehabilitation services such as physical or occupational therapies. They have many questions about the discharge process and are concerned for the transition back home. The process often starts during a hospital stay when a team of medical professionals suggest a move…

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Medicare Savings Programs

Can Medicaid Help Reduce Your Medicare Expenses?

By Miles Hurley | May 23, 2023

Many seniors live on a fixed income and living costs continue to rise. The good news is there are Medicare Savings Programs that provide premium relief to those with limited income and assets. There are four different Medicare Savings Programs with the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program being the most robust program. What is the…

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Covid-19 waivers to be discontinued

Covid-19 Medicare Waivers to be Discontinued

By Miles Hurley | May 9, 2023

At Hurley Elder Care Law, we navigate the complex rules and requirements of multiple state and federal benefit programs including Medicare and Medicaid so we can provide the most up-to-date legal plans and advice to our clients and partners.  The Covid-19 public health emergency (PHE) saw the implementation of many different waivers by the Centers…

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Financial relief

Financial Relief is Here for Seniors

By Miles Hurley | January 3, 2023

Happy New Year! After another tumultuous year of supply chain disruptions, high inflation and grocery prices, retirees will welcome some financial relief with an increase in their social security checks. Social Security Check Increase Social Security beneficiaries will receive an incredible 8.7 percent increase in their monthly checks in 2023. This is the largest cost…

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