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Role of a Treating Physician for Long-Term Care Residents

Residents in long-term care facilities have the right to choose their treating physician. This right is supported in in federal and state law. See 42 C.F.R. § 483.10(d);  O.C.G.A. § 31-8-108(b)(1). As a practical matter, however, most physicians, don’t make house calls to the facility. This mean, by default, most residents are treated by the […]

News Roundup 1-21-2022

General News Sources: Oldest person in the US reportedly dies at 115 Supreme Court declines to hear case of Delphi retirees over lost pensions Big pensions are nearly 100% funded, the healthiest they’ve been since 2008 financial crisis Pre-tax vs. Roth 401(k): There’s more to consider than you think Widow’s dilemma: When to claim Social […]

News Roundup – December 16, 2021

General Sources: Autism Society’s Capital Connection 12-16-2021 (reviewing Build Back Better Act) National Health Care Spending in 2020: Growth Driven by Federal Spending in Response to Covid-19 (Health Affairs) House Advances Build Back Better Act (Health Affairs) Indirect Gift Tax Considerations for 2021 (The Tax Advisor) Smart moves to make with your retirement portfolio before […]

News Roundup – December 8, 2021

General News Sources: NAELA member Janet Colliton, CELA, wrote Eligible Charity Distribution can reduce taxes Lack of special ed teachers keeps some autistic students ill-prepared for college Bob Dole remembered as champion for people with disabilities If you have a child with special needs, here’s how to plan for their life after you pass What […]

Olmstead Decision

The Olmstead case was brought by two Georgia women whose disabilities include mental retardation and mental illness. At the time the suit was filed, both plaintiffs lived in State-run institutions, despite the fact that their treatment professionals had determined that they could be appropriately served in a community setting. The plaintiffs asserted that continued institutionalization […]

End-of-Life and the Right to Refuse Treatment: Quinlan through Schiavo

The cases discussed here make clear the importance of making health decisions in advance and communicating them. Too often, decisions are put off, sometimes because people fear an advance directive is a license to kill; if individuals took time to examine the document, they would find that its simply an expression of individual values, whether […]

Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNRs)

Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 31-39-1 et seq.) defines a candidate for non-resuscitation as a patient who, based on a determination to a reasonable degree of medical certainty by an attending physician with the concurrence of another physician: (A) Has a medical condition which can reasonably be expected to result in the imminent death of the […]

Nursing Home Visitation Resumes

During Covid-19, nursing facilities were allowed to restrict visitation to prevent Covid’s spread. A recent CMS letter to State Survey Directors says “[f]acilities must allow indoor visitation at all times and for all residents as permitted under the regulations” In other words, visitation is now allowed for all residents at all times. Failure to permit […]

AFA Presents New Rules for End of Life Care

On Friday, November 12, 2021, at 1pm eastern, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will host a webinar titled “New Rules for End of Life Care.” It features guest speaker Barbara Karnes, RN, author of Gone from My Sight: The Dying Experience, and creator of New Rules for End of Life Care: A Guide on the […]

News Round-up – October 5, 2021

News Sources: Covid-induced life changes leave millions of Americans worried about money IRS Continues Focus on Cryptoassets Georgia Attorney General Recognizes National Cyber Security Awareness Month Georgia Attorney General Supports Congressional Hearings Addressing Youth Social Media Use Dental coverage for Medicare recipients divides parties Federal auto-IRA program would be a big step forward in expanding […]

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