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Center for Medicare Advocacy Presents at National SHIP and SMP Conference about Medicare for Beneficiaries Under 65

The Center for Medicare Advocacy was pleased to attend, exhibit and present at this year's national SHIP and SMP conference

New CMS Research Looks at Health Disparities Impacting Older LGBT People

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released research drawn from the 2013-14 National Health Interview Survey highlighting health disparities between LGBT and other older people (age 65 or older).

Medicare Hospice Care: Palliative vs. Curative

Hospice care is holistic care for the dying. Medicare coverage of hospice care is available for beneficiaries who have been certified as terminally ill, for services that are “reasonable and necessary for the palliation or management of the terminal illness as well as related conditions.”

A Model to Waive the Three-Day Inpatient Hospital Stay Requirement for Care in a Skilled Nursing Facility

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting multiple demonstrations that would waive the three-day inpatient hospital stay requirement entirely. The most recent example is included in proposed rules, published July 15, 2016, that address the three-day waiver for certain Accountable Care Organizations.

New York Times Article on Noninvasive Alternative to Dental Fillings

The New York Times reported on July 11, 2016 that a noninvasive alternative to dental fillings that could save money, while preventing future decay, has gained increased traction among dentists.

July 2016 – Proposed Medicare Appeals Rules & Other Issues

Medicare Advocates Alliance Issue Brief - Proposed Medicare Appeals Rules & Other Issues

Proposed Rule: Access to DME for Dually Eligible People

On June 30, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule about the difficulties of dually eligible people (individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid) to obtain Durable Medical Equipment (DME).

Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program for Hospitals: Paying More to Low-Cost Hospitals That Provide Low Quality Care

The issue of rewarding efficiency, regardless of quality, has assumed even greater significance in light of Congress’s expansion of efficiency incentives to post-acute providers in the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014.

Medicare Part D and Off-Label Rx Denials

Coverage denials for Lidocaine and other off-label drugs can be a shock and pose a major problem for people who become Medicare eligible and must transition from an Affordable Care Act (ACA) or a private insurance plan.

Organizing for Comprehensive Oral Health Care

The Center for Medicare Advocacy is pleased to be working with the DentaQuest Foundation to advance their goal of adding a comprehensive oral health benefit to Medicare.

Selected Beneficiary Comments from Center for Medicare Advocacy Petition Regarding Oral Health Care

Advocacy Organizations, Health Experts and Elected Officials Call for Medicare to Cover Hearing Services

Hearing loss affects nearly 30 million Americans, but only 1 in 5 people diagnosed with hearing issues have hearing aids – in large part because Medicare currently excludes coverage for hearing aids and related audiology services.

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