A Medicaid planning lawyer can help patients who are aging or patients who are coping with serious medical conditions. There has been a strong push in recent years to try to reduce spending costs on the provision of healthcare services. In some circumstances, cost-cutting efforts are helping to improve patient care by giving rise to innovative ideas; however, in other ways patients are being harmed by denial of benefits they need or by receiving substandard healthcare service. A Medicaid planning lawyer assists patients in qualifying for Medicaid, protecting their assets while getting medical benefits, and ensuring their legal rights are protected when receiving medical services and especially when living gin a nursing home setting.
Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC is focused on meeting the needs of seniors, nursing home residents, people with serious medical conditions, and those who want to plan ahead for a health crisis so they and their loved ones are protected. If you want to make sure you can qualify for Medicaid, or if you have concerns about whether you have been treated appropriately by a health insurer or by a nursing home, we are here to help. Give us a call if you want assistance understanding your rights and getting help with Medicaid planning, asset protection, incapacity planning, and benefits eligibility.
Healthcare benefits are one of the single most important benefits you can receive, because getting the right healthcare could literally save your life. A new telemedicine startup has now come to Long Island, and understanding the service that it is providing- as well as Medicaid coverage for such services- could be invaluable when you are exploring your care options.
What a New Telemedicine Service Means for Patients
The new telemedicine service which has come to Long Island is called Call9 according to InnovateLI. It was created by a startup company in Silicon Valley but it has now come to Long Island where it will be catering to nursing homes.
The service immediately connects a user at a nursing home to an emergency physician who is on-call. The physician can assess the condition of a patient and can provide information to on-site medical personnel about the medical procedures which they can and should perform. The effect of being able to speak to a doctor immediately via phone is that patients can get much faster medical care. While it can take an average of 64 minutes for a patient to come before a doctor, with the new telemedicine service it takes just around 60 seconds.
In addition to connecting users to doctors via Call9, Call9 also distributes mobile emergency kits to the facilities which are using its phone services. These kits include an ultrasound device, an EKG machine, and other necessary medical equipment which make it possible to perform lab-tests right at the nursing home. When the tests are performed, the results can be uploaded immediately to the cloud and the doctor can get access to the test results right away. If it is deemed necessary, the doctor can send an ambulance to the nursing home with just one push of the keyboard.
The startup telemedicine service hopes to go national quickly, but it has begun offering its service on a limited basis in the New York area now. New York was chosen because it is one of 29 states which has telemedicine parity laws. These laws require that both private health insurance providers and Medicaid pay for medical services which are provided by phone, just as they would pay for medical services which are provided in person.
New York passed its telemedicine parity law only recently, but patients may already be benefitting because it was the passage of this law that largely prompted the startup to come to New York to test its services. The company hopes to get into the state early before other telemedicine providers do so it can capture a larger share of the new market.
How a Medicaid Planning Lawyer Can Help
If you want to make sure you can qualify for Medicaid coverage of telemedicine, nursing home care, or other medical services, contact Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC today. Our Suffolk County Medicaid planning lawyers will offer you invaluable assistance in taking steps to protect your assets and in ensuring the protection of your legal rights.
You can give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online to learn more about how an experienced lawyer can help you with Medicaid, nursing home care, and other health and insurance issues. You can also download our free estate planning checklist to learn more about Medicaid planning and why it is important to your future.