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April 2017

Deloitte to pay R.I. $27 million for Medicaid Computer failures

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Deloitte Consulting, the contractor for the state’s troubled public-benefits computer system, has agreed to credit the state $27 million to cover problems associated with the system’s launch.   The credit will cover a “temporary hiring surge” at the state Department of Human Services and other personnel expenses. It will also pay for contracted service expenses for the remainder of the current fiscal year and the first quarter of fiscal 2018, according to a statement

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Legal battles brewing over Aaron Hernandez’s estate

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BOSTON — How much money and property did former NFL star Aaron Hernandez leave behind, and who has a rightful claim to those assets? Legal battles have been brewing for years over who should get Hernandez’s money, but his suicide in prison last week ramped up those questions and more. Here’s a look at the various legal claims and the key players: THE PLAYER Hernandez, who grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and played football at the University of Florida, was considered an up-and-coming

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Hospitals Now Must Provide Notice About Observation Status

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Hospitals Now Must Provide Notice About Observation Status

All hospitals must now give Medicare recipients notice when they are in the hospital but only under observation status. The notice requirement is part of a law enacted in 2015 but that just took effect. Signed by President Obama in August 2015, the law
was intended to prevent surprises after a Medicare beneficiary spends days in a hospital under “observation” and is then admitted to a nursing home. Medicare covers nursing home stays entirely for the first 20 days, but only if the patient was first admitted to a hospital as an inpatient for at least three days. Many beneficiaries are being transferred to nursing homes only to find that because they were hospital outpatients all along, they must pick up the tab for the subsequent nursing home stay.

The law, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act, did not eliminate the practice of placing patients under “observation” for extended periods, but it does require hospitals to notify patients who are under observation for more than 24 hours of their outpatient status within 36 hours, or upon discharge if that occurs sooner. The Act required hospitals to begin giving patients this notice as of March 8, 2017. Some states, including California and New York, already require such notice.

To avoid violating the law, hospitals that accept Medicare patients will now have to explain to patients under observation that their hospital stay will not count toward the three-day inpatient stay requirement and that they will be subject to Medicare’s outpatient cost sharing requirements. The law does not make hospital observation stays count towards Medicare’s three-day requirement.

While these 100 days of skilled nursing care that is covered by Medicare is an important benefit to be aware of and to plan for, the more significant issue that people need to plan for is long term skilled nursing expenses that exceed the 100 days and planning to pay for those expenses. Married and single individuals are encouraged to plan for these expenses 5 years ahead of expected need to be in the best possible position to preserve the assets they have acquired during their lifetime. If the medical needs are unexpected, emergency planning steps can be taken as well. Meeting with a skilled elder law attorney who can review and explain qualifying for Medicaid after Medicare runs out is vitally important for the financial well being of you and your loved ones.

Estate Planning Protects Your Loved Ones and Savings

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ESTATE PLANNING: For All Stages Of Life

Don’t put your life savings at risk. Meet with an attorney to discuss your estate plan. We have a plan for all ages and stages of life. Call attorney Matthew Leonard at 401-274-0300 for your free consultation.

Procrastination in most things in life will bring about bad results. Estate Planning is no exception. It has been said that A FAILURE TO PLAN IS A PLAN TO FAIL. In the context of estate planning – it is very true.

Regardless of if you are single, newlywed, married with kids, empty nesters or retired.

Regardless if you are in fine health, average health, or failing health.

Regardless if you are rich, poor or all measurements in between.

With your estate plan you get to ensure that your assets are protected during your life, and then the people you are most concerned for get to benefit from what you have died. Meeting with an attorney to discuss your story – your concerns – your wishes is the only way you can ensure your dreams and wishes are fulfilled.

Contact our office to discuss your estate planing goals.