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Sensible Changes to Help and Preserve Medicare

The best bet for beneficiaries and taxpayers is to strengthen traditional Medicare – and stop spending unnecessarily for private insurance and prescription drugs.

Home for the Holidays: Leaving the Nursing Home During a Medicare-Covered Stay

According to Medicare law, nursing home residents may leave their facility for family events without losing their Medicare coverage. However, depending on the length of their absence, beneficiaries may be charged a "bed hold" fee by their skilled nursing facility (SNF).

Nursing Home “Advancing Excellence” Quality Program Ends after a Decade

Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes, a voluntary program promoted as an effort to improve quality of care in nursing homes, has ended after a decade.

AAPD-CMA Beneficiary Survey Summary

The Center for Medicare Advocacy and the American Association for People with Disabilities issued a survey for Medicare beneficiaries under age 65. The data requested included some demographic information, and information about this population's interactions with the SHIP and SMP programs.

November 2016 – The Election’s Impact on Medicare, New Nursing Home Requirements of Participation and Other Issues

Medicare Advocate's Alliance Issue Brief - The Election's Impact on Medicare, New Nursing Home Requirements of Participation and Other Issues

What Would Work Better for You? Deciding Between Traditional Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan

In last week’s Alert, we posed 10 questions to ask before deciding between traditional Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan. This week we discuss what your answers may mean.

What Would Work Better for You? Deciding Between Traditional Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan

What Would Work Better for You? Deciding Between Traditional Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan?

Medicare Home Health Benefit’s Face-to-Face Encounter Requirement

As a condition of payment for Medicare home health benefits, a physician must certify that a patient is confined to the home, needs skilled services, receiving the services under a plan of care established and periodically reviewed by a physician, and under the care of the physician.

Observation Status Impedes Access to End-of-Life Skilled Nursing Facility Care

When hospitals classify some or all of their stay as “outpatient,” these patients will often not qualify for Medicare SNF coverage and may forego care.

10 Questions to Ask Before Deciding Between Traditional Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan

10 Questions to Ask Before Deciding Between Traditional Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan

CMS Rescinds Erroneous Medicare Nursing Home Policy

The policy changes, issued this September, misstated and limited nursing home (SNF) coverage and care available under Medicare.

Barriers to Medigap Coverage for Beneficiaries Under Age 65

Younger Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities face restricted access to Medigap coverage and prohibitive premium costs.

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