201505.22
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MOLST & POLST

A new model for end-of-life care issues, called MOLST, is now in use in Massachusetts. Around the nation, and in New Hampshire where it is also being used, the system is called Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (or POLST). In Massachusetts the first word is changed to “Medical” thus giving us MOLST. The point of the…

200910.14
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CENTER FOR MEDICARE ADVOCACY LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT

The Center for Medicare Advocacy is launching a new advocacy and education initiative to eliminate the Medicare “Improvement Standard,” which requires that Medicare beneficiaries be able to improve in order to qualify for coverage. The insistence that people must be able to get better unfairly restricts access to Medicare coverage and necessary health care. Although…

200807.17
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Governor Patrick Vetoes Nursing Home Admissions Criteria

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has vetoed language in the state’s 2009 Budget that would protect nursing home residents from discharge due to a change in MassHealth clinical criteria. Without this language in the budget, frail elderly residents are at risk of being inappropriately discharged or being denied admission to a nursing home. Currently MassHealth will…

200805.27
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CMS Says Transfers to Pooled Trusts Subject to Transfer Penalties for those over Age 64.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a new bulletin clarifying policy on the application of transfer of asset provisions to pooled trusts established by individuals age 65 and older. According to CMS, transfers to these pooled trusts are subject to transfer penalties for Medicaid eligibility purposes. The Bulletin says that States…