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NJ Bill would require Hospitals to Instruct Family-Caregivers on Patient Care


New Jersey may soon require hospitals discharging patients to educate their caregivers. When a patient is sent home, medical professionals would have to provide instructions on how to care for the patient to a loved one whom the patient designates. So says a caregiver education bill before the New Jersey … Continue reading


Medicare will Coordinate Care for Chroncially-ill Patients


Next year, Medicare will start paying doctors to coordinate care for patients with chronic illnesses. The decision will benefit patients with two or more chronic illnesses, who account for 93 percent of Medicare spending, according to the New York Times. Coordinated care is meant to prevent inefficiency. For example, a … Continue reading


Third Circuit Rules on Medicare Repayment in New Jersey


In Taransky v. U.S., the Third Circuit ruled that Medicare can recover conditional payments despite New Jersey’s collateral source rule. Medicare has a right to repayment when it pays for healthcare for a Medicare beneficiary, who then recovers those healthcare costs from a tortfeasor.  For example, if Jane, a senior … Continue reading


New Jersey Medicaid to Allow Miller Trusts


New Jersey residents with higher incomes may soon have new options for long term care. New Jersey Medicaid announced it intends to clear the way for Miller trusts.  NJ Medicaid will request approval from the federal government to discontinue its Medically Needy program for long term care.  This would allow … Continue reading


Pennsylvania Legalizes Same-sex Marriage


This week, New Jersey’s neighbor Pennsylvania became the 19th state to legalize same-sex marriage. On May 20, 2014, federal Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania threw out the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, writing that, “We are a better people than what these laws represent, … Continue reading


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