Seminar Detail

Massachusetts Elder Law - 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016 at 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Course Description:

If you provide services to geriatric populations, your organization faces a legal and regulatory maze. In order to understand the needs and concerns of patients and their families, and to provide appropriate services and referrals, you are expected to have a thorough understanding of common and complex issues related to Medicare 2016 issues; planning for health and financial decisions including advance directives and guardianship; Medicaid eligibility; answers to commonly asked questions regarding Medicaid; nursing home admissions, transfers and discharges; elder abuse, neglect and exploitation - and more.

Ms. McCormick, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Zeitz, and Ms. Kean Martin will provide current information that is crucial to understanding the legal and financial issues which impact the everyday aspects of providing health care services. You will leave this seminar with more confidence in care planning and case management of your geriatric patients.
  1. Describe 2016 Medicare updates.
  2. Identify eligibility issues of Massachusetts Medicaid coverage for LTC.
  3. Discuss application and appeals problems.
  4. Explain the powers and duties of guardians.
  5. Describe legal issues related to admission, transfer, and discharge of nursing home residents.
  6. List types and signs of elder abuse.


Lane Zeitz, J.D., CELA, is senior counsel at Pathway Law, with Offices in Belmont and Norwood, Massachusetts. She has over 30 years of practice concentrating in elder and disability law planning, Medicaid, nursing home issues, guardianship, conservatorship, probate and estate administration. She operated a solo practice in Dedham, MA, for over 17 years and prior to that worked in the elder law units of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) and the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts, Worcester (LACCM).

Ms. Zeitz is certified as an elder law attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only national organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys in elder law. Massachusetts does not recognize legal specialties for certification. She has been selected to the Massachusetts Super Attorneys list every year since 2013. She is a board member of the Massachusetts chapter of NAELA (MassNAELA), and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Women’s Bar Association (WBA), the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) and the Norfolk County Bar Association. She served for several years as co-chair of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Annual Elder and Disability Law Conference, as counsel to the guardianship program of Jewish Family Services of Worcester, Inc., and as a volunteer trainer and mentor for the Elder Law Project of the Women’s Bar Association.

Ms. Zeitz participated in the Attorney General’s task forces on revision of the Massachusetts guardianship statute and revision of long term care consumer protection regulations. She was also the chief counsel for the Short v DPH case, litigation to enforce state compliance with Federal law granting nursing home residents a right to a fair hearing prior to transfer or discharge. Ms. Zeitz is a graduate of Wesleyan University, cum laude with Honors, and Boston University School of Law.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Liane Zeitz is Senior Counsel at Pathway Law. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Liane Zeitz is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; and the Massachusetts Bar Association.


Steven M. Cohen, J.D., a partner with Pabian & Russell, LLC, leads the elder law group. Mr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Brandeis University and law degree cum laude from Boston University School of Law. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys as well as the former co-chair of elder law committee of the Boston Bar Association. He is co-author of the Nursing Home Medicaid Eligibility chapter in Estate Planning for the Aging and Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

Mr. Cohen speaks regularly before senior and professional groups including the American Bar Association, the Boston Tax Institute, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Boston Estate Planning Council, Harvard Medical School, as well as to health care professionals in hospitals and nursing homes. Mr. Cohen has been named a “Massachusetts Super Attorney” by Boston Magazine in the elder law category each year since 2006.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Steven Cohen is a Partner for Pabian & Russell, LLC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Steven Cohen has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Patricia Keane Martin, JD, is a partner at Pabian & Russell, LLC concentrating her practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, disability benefits planning, probate and trust administration. In addition, she has extensive experience with all aspects of probate litigation involving will contests, estate administration disputes, trust and fiduciary disputes, and contested guardianships and conservatorships. She regularly serves as trustee of special needs trusts and as a court appointed guardian ad litem.

Ms. Keane Martin frequently lectures on special needs planning, elder law, and probate controversies. She has been a lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and was an instructor in business law at Northeastern University. Ms. Keane Martin is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys: Public Policy Committee and Litigation Review Committee. She earned her BA at William Smith College and JD at Suffolk University Law School.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Patricia Keane Martin is a partner at Pabian & Russell, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Patricia Keane Martin is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.


Donna McCormick, J.D., is the managing attorney of the Elder, Health and Disability Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services. She has worked in legal services since graduating from Northeastern University Law School in 1991. She served as a staff attorney in Lowell at the office formerly known as Merrimack Valley Legal Services concentrating on Social Security Disability cases, elder law, public benefits and public health law. Continuing in these practice areas, she relocated to Cambridge and served as managing attorney at Cambridge Somerville Legal Services. During the last several years she has restricted her focus to public health programs and Medicare.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Donna McCormick has an employment relationship with Greater Boston Legal Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Donna McCormick has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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