Caregivers Story

Story

I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. Her primary care doctor referred her to a specialist for a nerve conduction study to see if she was a candidate for carpal tunnel surgery. The office staff did not realize that they were required to get prior authorization for that procedure and the HMO denied coverage for the procedure.
My mother got a bill for over $2000. I helped her go through the grievance process to ensure she met the deadlines and used language that would help her case. I argued that the elderly do not fully understand all the fine print in their insurance contracts, and they rely on their primary care doctor to send in the proper forms and get care authorized for them. The HMO reversed its decision and paid the claim.

by: S.

QUESTIONS

  • Do I need long-term care insurance?
  • I need info pertaining to my rights power of attorney for my father and how to keep ex-stepmother from getting his pension.
  • My father in law, who lives in Mesa, has asked me to be his power of attorney. I live in Oregon. Can I use Arizona's form to do this, and will it be valid even though I don't live in the same state?
  • Where can I get AZ State Certification as a Caregiver?
  • I have Durable Power of Attorney for my mother who is in a nursing home. Does this obligate me for her debts?
  • Does a caregiver have to sign a rental agreement with my landlord? If not, what proof do I need.
  • if I pay for a friend to bring in food and she charges a small fee for preparation -is she considered an employee and do I need to pay taxes?
  • My mother passed away. She does have a will and I was nominated as the executer and trustee. I am the sole beneficiary. She only has a bank account but when the account was setup nobody was on the account but her. no payable unpon death. What is required by the bank for me to access the account to begin paying for her expences? Her will did state that I shoud have immediate access without going through the courts.
  • I reading tutor and have a student who works as a caregiver. Is it true that as of Jan. 1, 2010 she will have to be certified as a caregiver?
  • My Mom is disabled, she should be doing physical therapy but she refuses to help herself and wont let us help her, she ignores her health completely and sits around all day drinking and taking her prescription pills and is in and out of the hospital, she's becoming a danger to herself and refuses to see it. what are the laws to putting her into a rehab or nursing home.

STORIES

  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .
  • Age discrimination in the workplace. . .
  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .

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