Archives: Publications

May 2018 – Recent Policy Changes Relating to Medicare Advantage & Other Issues

Policy Changes related to Medicare Advantage (MA); Proposed Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Rule; Home Health Update; More

March 2018 – Tipping the Scales Toward Medicare Advantage & Other Issues

The Federal Budget & Omnibus Bill; Tipping the Scales Toward Medicare Advantage (MA); Budget Act of 2018; More

January 2018 – Medicare Appeals & Other Issues

Expedited v. Standard Appeals – Not Knowing the Difference Can Cost You Your Appeal Rights; Federal Budget, Medicare Extenders, CHIP Reauthorization; Proposed Part C & D Rule for CY 2019; More

November 2017 – Medicare Enrollment & Other Issues

CMS Steering People to Medicare Advantage; More Enrollment News; Affordable Care Act Updates; Litigation Updates; More.

September 2017 – Jimmo Implementation Update & Other Issues

The Improvement Standard and Jimmo v. Sebelius; Home Health Access; the Federal Health Care Landscape, and More.

Alert – Spotlight on Medicare Home Health Care; Tax Cuts Set Stage for Medicare/Medicaid Cuts; ACA News

CMA Alert - Medicare Home Health Coverage is Not a Short-Term, Acute Care Benefit ─ Congress Acted in 1980 to Provide for Longer-Term Coverage; Final Home Health Rules and Interpretive Guidance: Proposed Payment Model Rescinded; Advocates Oppose House Tax Cuts Bill that Would Set the Stage for Deep Cuts to Medicare & Other Programs; This Week in Sabotage – and Some Good News!

CMA Alert – Open Enrollment Tips; ACA Sabotage; More

CMA Alert - Medicare Annual Enrollment Period Begins October 15: Look Before You Leap; This Week in ACA Sabotage; Breast Cancer Awareness Month; International Day of Older Persons

CMA Alert – Joint Replacement Model Undermines Care; OTC Hearing Aids Legislation Passed; More

CMA Alert - Joint Replacement Model Undermines Care; OTC Hearing Aids Legislation Passed; Severe Harm if ACA Cost-Sharing Payments End

CMA Alert – Critical Issue Roundup: MA Overpayment; HH Payment; Observation; More

CMA Alert - Former CMS Administrator Comments on Medicare Advantage Overpayments; Proposed Home Health Rules – Payments Drive Delivery of Care, Harming Beneficiaries; Observation Status Harms Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries; Poll: Americans Favor Making the ACA Work

CMA Alert – SNF Update: Comments on Reimbursement; Civil Money Penalties Weakened

CMA strongly opposes the proposed SNF payment system, as well as changes made to the minimization civil money penalties.

The Home Care Crisis: An Elder Justice Issue

CMS rules and policies are resulting in neglected care and endangered safety for some Medicare beneficiaries. While Medicare home health coverage laws apply equally to all individuals, equitable application of coverage laws has been impeded by administrative payment rules and quality measure incentives that favor beneficiaries who have short-term care needs and disfavor those with long-term, chronic care needs.

CMA Alert – Still Fighting for Health Care as Medicare’s Anniversary Nears; New Fraud Warning

“As Congress looks to strip health care from millions of people, Medicare has a long tradition of covering everyone who is eligible regardless of pre-existing conditions, all of whom are entitled to the same benefits” states Judith Stein, Executive Director and founder of the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

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