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New Jersey Guardianships for Children with Developmental Disabilities


If you have a child with developmental disabilities, you should consider applying to be his guardian when he reaches age 18. At age 18, a child becomes a legal adult and a parent can no longer make decisions for him, regardless of the child’s disabilities or whether he lives with … Continue reading


Critics say Medicare’s Nursing Home Ratings are Deeply Flawed


The New York Times released a report and editorial this week criticizing Medicare’s nursing home ratings system, saying Medicare’s nursing home ratings were deeply flawed and could mislead consumers. Medicare maintains a database called Nursing Home Compare, that assigns star ratings similar to hotel reviews, with one star being lowest quality … Continue reading


New Jersey Estate Tax vs. Inheritance Tax


Since the only certainties in life are death and taxes, today I’ll cover New Jersey’s death taxes.  If you die in New Jersey, you face two potential taxes – estate tax, and inheritance tax.  Most states only have one or the other, but New Jersey residents are subject to both.  … Continue reading


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


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