Nomination for Annual Disability Service Award 1. The nominated business: The nominated business is named Raya’s Paradise. Raya’s Paradise is an establishment that cares for elderly people who are disabled. It provides a warm place for them to live while caring after their individual needs and desires. Her homes are incredibly clean and well maintained. Raya’s Paradise creates a soft and welcome atmosphere to all of its inhabitants. Its cooks create exquisite meals specific to the individual person’s taste. It provides an amazing array of activities, ranging from exercise to musical programs. The homes are surrounded by beautifully sculpted gardens. Raya’s Paradise provides a very homely and family like environment for elderly people who are disabled and unable to live on their own. 2. How the Business provides an innovative service to persons living with disability: Raya’s Paradise provides an innovative service because of its atmosphere. Raya Paradises homes are sparkling clean, warm, festive, and very much service oriented. Its inhabitants are always well feed with delicious food and entertained with a variety of activities. This establishment is a model for other board and care establishment for the service it provides for elderly people who are disabled and its commitment needs and taste of its inhabitants. Its customers and their families have nothing but praise for the business. Raya’s Paradise opened 10 years ago. It is unlike any other board and care because it no an institution but truly a paradise. If forced to rank the establishment from one to ten, it would be a twelve. If anyone is deserving of West Hollywood’s Annual Dusability Service Award it’s Raya’s Paradise. I strongly urge the city to recognize the establishment with its Annual Disability Service Award on Raya Paradise’s 10th year anniversary of being in business. Alla Shullman, President Orthomed Appliances, (323) 656-1442
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Medicare and Medicaid Audits of Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals
Medicaid fraud is a serious crime and is vigorously investigated by the state MFCU, the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), the Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs), the FBI, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Often other state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and other law enforcement agencies participate. Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you are concerned of any possible violations and would like a confidential consultation, contact a qualified health attorney familiar with medical billing and audits today. Often Medicaid fraud criminal charges arise out of routine Medicaid audits, probe audits, or patient complaints.
Medicare Home Health: Dangers of Assuming Medicare Covers Everything
Elderly home care is and will continue to be much more cost effective now and in the future. When considering the cost of elder home care versus assisted living costs, there are many factors to take into consideration. One consideration is to understand the trends of the health care industry, so that you can financially plan for your future. Many believe that Medicare will cover everything they need as they age. Although many realize that they need to financially prepare for the future, most do not investigate the cost and options of future care needs. Many do not feel that they can afford to invest in long term care insurance. In 2008, Prudential Insurance did a study on long term care. The results, which will be followed up every year, had some alarming information regarding the costs that will pay for care and services as we age. The information from this and other studies is important to assure successful planning for our future care needs. It was noted that elderly assisted living homes have seen the largest increase in costs over a 2 year period. The average daily cost of living in an elderly assisted living facility increased to almost $39,000 per year. This is an average rate of just over $100 per day. There was an astonishing average increase of a 15% in rates for the elderly assisted living facilities that provide care for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Elderly home health care has had the smallest rate increase of all the providers. The rate of elderly home health care has had a 5% increase over the past two years and a 17% increase over the last 7 years. The costs to have a certified nursing assistant provide elder home care averages $21 per hour. A certified nursing assistant provides services such as: bathing and dressing. The services of elder home care are ordered by a physician and usually paid for by insurance. These services provided by elderly home health care are intermittent and are offered for a short period of time. Another study, also done in 2008 was preformed by the Genworth Financial Group. This study explored the cost of care that covers the non skilled side of elder home care. This is the largest growing portion of the elder home health care services. This growth, is due in part to many aging seniors desire to remain in their homes as long as possible. The average cost for homemaker services in the elder home care sector is $18 an hour. There has been a rate increase of 4% over the past year. A homemaker provides some housekeeping duties, companionship, and assistance with cooking, if needed. They may also run short errands when required. Elderly home care also provides home health aides. They provide basic assistance with bathing and dressing. A home health aide averages a rate $19 an hour. This shows an increase of 3% in just one year. Met Life Market surveyed adult day services in 2008. The results from this survey show the average daily cost for adult day care services is $64. This shows an increase of 5% in the past year. Adult day care services are a growing trend in the aging health care market. Adult day care is a cost effective way keep an aging senior at home For caregivers, utilizing adult day care services permits them to continue to work. Many caregivers take time to do things to they need to take care of and get a break from their care giving duties. The costs of elder home care services will continue to rise. Surveys show that the trends will continue. The largest increases will be in the assisted living and nursing home areas of elderly home health care services. The past five years has seen an increase in elderly assisted living rates jump by 41%. Over the past five years, there has been an increase in nursing homes rates of over 30%. Over half the surveyed facilities expect to increase their rates, again, over the next year. The good news is that one in four elder home care providers plan to increase their rates in the next year. Being aware of the cost of elderly home care and elderly assisted living can assist you in planning for your future needs. Educate yourself on the various options available and how you can utilize those services for future needs. It is important to be proactive and investigate avenues to pay for your future health care needs.
Please be aware of Medicare Scams as $250 rebate checks get sent out!
The recent mailing of $250 rebate checks to participants in Medicare’s drug program has given scammers a new opportunity to take advantage of seniors and other Medicare recipients. In this latest scam, Medicare recipient receive a call from a con artist claiming to be a Medicare representative. The scammer then tells each recipient that they need to provide personal information, such as their Social Security number and bank account number, in order to receive their rebate check. In reality, the scammers need this information to gain access to the recipient’s bank account and empty it.
Eldercare Resource Center: Medicaid’s Assisted Living Benefits: A Good Option for the Lucky Few
Questions about Medicaid’s assisted living benefits are probably the second most common questions we receive. The first being the more rhetorical “what do you mean Medicare doesn’t pay for assisted living?”. The latter has a simple answer, but the former is much more complicated as Medicaid benefits vary from state to state. Our organization recently undertook a major research project to determine just what Medicaid will pay for with regards to assisted living in the year 2012. The first and most important point to make is that institutional or long term care Medicaid does not pay for assisted living. It is intended to help improvised individuals who require nursing home care. However, Medicaid Waivers in many states do provide assistance to individuals in assisted living residences. To avoid future confusion, we should mention that Medicaid Waivers are often referred to HCBS, Home and Community Based Services,1915 Waivers and sometimes Demonstration Projects. The second, and also critically important point to make, is that unlike institutional Medicaid, Waivers are not entitlements. An entitlement program means that if one meets the eligibility requirements, they receive the benefits. Waivers, on the other hand, have enrollment caps (or slots in Medicaid parlance). Each Waiver is approved to assist a limited number of persons and once the limit has been reached, a waiting list is started. Another finding from our study was that the types of assisted living benefits varied by state and can be loosely grouped into one of three categories. 1) Personal Care Only – these states will pay for their waiver participants personal care costs regardless of the location in which they reside. Therefore, assisted living residents could expect the personal care portion of their assisted living bills to be covered, at least up to Medicaid’s allowable reimbursement rates. 2) Nursing Home Level Care – similar to above, these states pay for personal care but also cover other nursing home level types of care for waiver participants. Again, independent of residence. 3) Complete Assisted Living – in these states, their Medicaid Waivers will pay for both personal care, nursing home level care and the room and board costs for the participants. Individuals must reside in assisted living communities which accept Medicaid reimbursements. While the number of individuals receiving Medicaid help in assisted living is limited as is the amount of assistance they receive; the situation is not all doom and gloom. In fact, the long term view (current political environment aside) can almost be considered rosy. Ten years ago, approximately half the number of states provided assistance and we fully expect this positive trend will continue. Ten years from now, Medicaid Waivers in all 50 states will likely be covering assisted living for the elderly in some capacity. We’ve consolidated the results from our study into a State by State Guide to Medicaid’s Assisted Living Benefits in which we explore each state’s coverage, its limitations and other state based alternatives.
Medicare premiums would rise for most beneficiaries under a premium
A premium-support Medicare plan would give beneficiaries a specific amount of money with which to purchase insurance. Assuming beneficiaries keep their current healthcare plans, more than half of seniors enrolled in traditional Medicare and almost all of those enrolled in Medicare Advantage would experience higher premiums under a premium support plan, Kaiser Family Foundation researchers found.
Margaret is making the most of her time in assisted living
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Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living
My mother has Alzheimer’s and is 88 years old. She is in a rehab center after a fall. She was in ICU for a week and was extremely dehydrated and not eatting when all this happened. Since she is not able to care for herself at all anymore and Dad is not able to care for her either, does Medicare pay for assisted living care?
2012 Long Term Care Information Sheet
Are government benefits available to assist in paying for long term care costs?: The Medicaid program, founded in 1965 concurrently with Medicare, is the primary government program that helps with the cost of long term care. Unlike Medicare, which is funded and directed solely by the federal government, Medicaid is a joint enterprise between the state and federal governments. There are many different programs of assistance within the Medicaid system. The nursing home program is called “Institutional Care Program”, or “ICP”. Persons eligible for ICP receive financial assistance for the costs associated with residing in skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes). Medicaid generally does not pay for assisted living; although a limited Medicaid waiver program and a “diversion” program may provide relief for some eligible residents. The cost of living at an assisted living facility must usually be privately paid.