NIH Establishes New Research Program to Address Health Disparities of Chronic Diseases
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On Friday August 19, 2016, the Center for Medicare Advocacy submitted comments in response to a June 30 request from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for information regarding Durable Medical Equipment (DME) access issues faced by individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.
The Center will be expressing our concerns that the proposed changes will result in drastically reduced access to Medicare home health care coverage, particularly for people who are clinically complex or who have poorly controlled chronic conditions.
For the first time in more than 20 years – since the federal enforcement regulations were published in 1994 – CMS has increased the numbers and types of situations when CMPs must be imposed against facilities, without first giving the facilities an opportunity to correct their noncompliance.
Justice in Aging, one of the Center's longtime partners, recently released an issue brief, Oral Health in California: What About Older Adults? The Issue Brief includes a summary of the state of oral health for older adults in California. It cites disparities in oral health based on income level, education and race.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy was pleased to attend, exhibit and present at this year's national SHIP and SMP conference
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).
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.”
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.
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.
Medicare Advocates Alliance Issue Brief - Proposed Medicare Appeals Rules & Other Issues
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).