“Observation Status” is not about the location of medical services or the care a patient actually receives. It is solely a billing code used by hospitals to bill Medicare. Although care provided to patients on observation status is indistinguishable from inpatient care, there are important differences that can result in substantially higher patient bills, both during and after the hospital stay.
On June 9th, 2016, California’s End of Life Option Act took effect. The law permits a qualifying individual with a terminal disease to receive a prescription for an “aid-in-dying drug.”
For almost three years now, since January 1, 2016, Californians have been able to designate beneficiaries on a deed to real property. The new type of deed is called a Revocable Transfer upon Death Deed, otherwise known as a “beneficiary deed.” The deed is designed to provide an opportunity to transfer real property at death without having to incur the costs of having a trust prepared or, after death, the family having to initiate a probate proceeding.
One of the difficult issues that comes up regularly in our law office is disposing of unwanted timeshares. A timeshare usually entitles its owner to one or two weeks at a specific resort once a year. Many companies allow the owner to trade a week at one resort for another, which increases the owner’s vacation options.
Many people wonder if it is a good idea to give the family home to adult children during their lifetime. Others attempt to avoid probate by adding an adult child as a joint tenant on the property. While it is possible to do this, giving away all or a portion of the family home can have major tax consequences and may subject the property to your children’s creditors or a divorcing spouse.
Learn how to pay for the costs of in-home care, an assisted living facility or a nursing home. The amounts listed have been updated for 2018:
As a local elder law attorney, I have learned that the telephone is a favorite tool of scammers attempting to part seniors with their life savings. Fortunately, there is a Federal law, called the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) that helps consumers stop the annoying and deceptive phone calls.
Medi-Cal is California’s version of the Medicaid program that is funded jointly by the state and federal governments. It is designed to help pay for medical care for low income persons and others with limited resources and high medical bills. Although Medi-Cal recipients often receive Medicare, the Medi-Cal program is not related to the Medicare program.