Everyone knows the rule (but they really don’t) that if you enter a nursing home after a three-day stay in a hospital, Medicare will pay the nursing home bill for a while. That is simply not the case. For the last few years, in a cost-cutting ruse, Medicare has been cajoling hospitals not to admit patients to the hospital, […]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Thomas Mullen Quincy Attorney, Tom Mullen|Comments Off on WERE YOU “ADMITTED” TO THE HOSPITAL OR WERE THEY MERELY “OBSERVING YOU”

Mullen on Medicaid Liens

When a person received Medicaid (MassHelath) benefits, the state can try to recover any assistance  they have paid out  upon your death. This means  if you receive Medicaid assistance, when you die, the state can try and recover any money spent on your Medicaid from your estate.  MassHealth will place a lien on your property for payment they have […]

By |April 3rd, 2014|Tom Mullen|Comments Off on Mullen on Medicaid Liens

Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA)

The Durable Power of Attorney is used in estate planning to prepare for a time when you may become incapacitated. This could happen because of a physical injury sustained in an accident, stroke, or other medical issue, or because of a mental illness. While a regular power of attorney becomes null and void if the grantor becomes unable to […]

By |March 6th, 2014|Tom Mullen|Comments Off on Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA)

Medicare Secondary Payer/Medicare Set-Asides


A person may qualify for Medicare after the age of 65, or before 65 if they qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance as an injury victim. Once someone is considered legally disabled, it takes thirty months for them to qualify for Medicare. It takes about five months for a person who has been named as disabled to receive their […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Tom Mullen|Comments Off on Medicare Secondary Payer/Medicare Set-Asides

Thomas Mullen on Powers of Appointment

This article deals with trusts. A power of Appointment is the right to appoint or give away or change beneficiaries or one person’s beneficial interest. A non-general, or limited power of appointment lets a person, including the person who set up the trust (the grantor), give the assets to anyone except the grantor or the grantor’s estate or creditors.  […]

By |February 27th, 2014|Tom Mullen|Comments Off on Thomas Mullen on Powers of Appointment