DISCHARGE PLANNING, PATIENT RIGHTS & ELDER LAW

DISCHARGE PLANNING, PATIENT RIGHTS & ELDER LAW

GW's Discharge Planning, Patient Rights and Elder Law Practice Group provides advice on a variety of patient's rights issues related to treatment and the safe and appropriate discharge of patients from a hospital, nursing home or home health care setting. The Discharge Planning, Patient Rights and Elder Law Practice Group also advises health care providers and individuals concerning issues of Medicare and Medicaid planning and reimbursement.

The Discharge Planning, Patient Rights and Elder Law Practice Group advises our clients in the following representative areas:

  • All issues pertaining to patient rights in hospitals, nursing homes and home health care settings
  • Advance Directives including DNR, Health Care Proxy, MOLST, and Living Wills, including issues concerning the withdrawal and/or withholding of life-sustaining treatment for patients with developmental disabilities
  • Issues and litigation concerning treatment disputes with patients, healthcare agents and surrogate decision-makers
  • Issues concerning behavioral health units, including admission, retention, treatment over objection and assisted outpatient treatment
  • Guardianship proceedings for healthcare providers and individuals under Article 81 and Article 17A
  • Issues and litigation to compel discharge of patients refusing to leave the hospital
  • Confidentiality and disclosure of medical records, including specially protected records relating to HIV testing and treatment, substance/alcohol abuse treatment and mental health treatment
  • Nursing home resident rights and discharge/transfer issues
  • Incident reporting
  • Assisting individuals with issues concerning Medicare, Medicaid eligibility, Medicaid planning and asset protection
  • Assisting healthcare providers with issues concerning Medicaid eligibility for undocumented patients