Archives: CMA Comments, Responses, and Letters

Joint Statement from Center for Medicare Advocacy and Medicare Rights Center on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

We have significant concerns with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This massive tax cut for the wealthy sets the stage for deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security in the near future.

Center Comments on Proposed Home Health Payment Rules

The Center agrees with the proposed rule that the current payment system is not aligned with patient needs. However, we urge CMS to exercise caution before continuing to impose rebasing case-mix adjustments that are severely skewed by “usage data” that does not accurately represent patient needs.

Disaster Preparedness and Response: The Special Needs of Older Americans

Nursing facilities have an obligation to ensure the well-being of their residents, some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Disaster and emergency preparedness is certainly an essential responsibility for keeping residents safe.

Center Comments on 2018 Physician Fee Schedule

Center for Medicare Advocacy comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.

Center Comments on Proposed Redesign of Reimbursement for Skilled Nursing Facilities

The Center strongly opposes the proposed new Medicare reimbursement system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

Testimony of Judith Stein In Opposition to the AHCA

Senator Richard Blumenthal Field Hearing Regarding the American Health Care Act, June 19, 2017 - Testimony of Judith Stein In Opposition to the AHCA and the Secret Senate Process.

Center Testimony on “The Current Status of the Medicare Program”

Center for Medicare Advocacy testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means, Subcommittee on Health Hearing on "the Current Status of the Medicare Program, Payment Systems, and Extenders."

Center Statement on Bipartisan Medicare Policies that Improve Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions

Recommendations on chronic care reform submitted to the Senate Finance Committee on June 22, 2015, focusing on Jimmo v. Sebelius, a nationwide class action lawsuit addressing Medicare coverage of maintenance nursing and maintenance therapy, an issue of particular concern to Medicare beneficiaries who have chronic conditions.

Center Comments on Medicare Advantage and Part D “Transformation Ideas”

While we recognize CMS’ stated intention to maintain benefit flexibility and efficiency throughout the MA and Part D programs, we stress that CMS’ focus should not be on rolling back regulations, reducing oversight or minimizing plan sponsor burdens.

Center Comments on Draft 2018 Medicare Advantage Call Letter

Despite much attention given to the annual rate notice concerning MA payment, though, we urge CMS to direct more attention to protecting public funds by ensuring that such payment is accurate.  MA “upcoding” – when an MA plan inappropriately reports an enrollee as being more sick than they actually are in order to obtain a higher risk-adjusted payment from the Medicare program – remains an ongoing  problem that policymakers must address. 

The Promise and Failure of Medicare Home Health Coverage

The Center for Medicare Advocacy has been hearing from people who meet Medicare coverage criteria but are unable to access Medicare-covered home health care, or the appropriate amount of care. These problems have been escalating in 2016.

Center Comments on Proposed Home Health Payment Changes

The Center has significant concerns that the proposed changes will result in drastically reduced access to Medicare home health care coverage for beneficiaries, particularly those who are clinically complex or who have poorly controlled chronic conditions.

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