Advance Directives

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Shorts on Long Term Care - Summer 2014

In this issue: - Nursing Facility Survey Trends: Directed Plans of Correction, Privacy Violations and FTag 520 Quality Assurance Committee Citations - COBRA Meets ACA – Time to Update COBRA Notices -...more

Advance Medical Directives? Now There's an App for That

An advance directive gives instructions on the kind of medical care you would like to receive should you become unable to express your wishes yourself, and it often designates someone to make medical decisions for you. But an...more

Health Care Decision Making

If you become incapable of making your own medical decisions, it is critical to have planning in place so that medical providers and family members know and can implement your wishes. This is especially important if you...more

New Online End-of-Life Planning Tool Now Available to NC Citizens and Health Care Providers

A new tool is now available for North Carolina citizens and health care providers that will help everyone understand end-of-life health care planning options and processes available under North Carolina law. The new website...more

CMS Issues New Surveyor Guidance on Initiating CPR in Nursing Homes and Facility CPR/DNR Policies

In a highly publicized recent case in California, a registered nurse working in an independent living facility refused to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an elderly resident who was experiencing respiratory...more

Estate Planning Considerations: Documentation and Peace of Mind

With the introduction of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act), the world of estate planning has been injected with a dose of certainty after more than 10 years of uncertainty as to federal estate, gift and...more

Wills, Trusts and Estates Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - How to Protect Your Assets as a Business Owner - Separated But Not Divorced: Don’t Wait to Update Your Estate Plan - Tales from the Cliff: Estate Planning Policy for 2013 and Beyond -...more

Separated But Not Divorced: Don’t Wait To Update Your Estate Plan

Many people have the misconception that they cannot update their estate plan or even prepare a new Will if they are separated but not yet divorced from their spouse. This is not true. An estate plan can be updated at any...more

Shorts on Long Term Care December 2012

In this issue: - Make Me a Channel of Your Peace - CMS Signals Renewed Focus on Advance Directives and Residents’ Rights to Determine End-of-Life Care An excerpt from "Make Me a Channel of Your...more

CMS Signals Renewed Focus on Advance Directives and Residents’ Rights to Determine End-of-Life Care

By the time you read this article, if you are a skilled nursing facility (SNF), you will already be subject to new surveyor guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on advance directives and...more

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