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Inadequate nurse staffing is the most significant predictor of poor care in nursing facilities.  Despite the fact that understaffing is a pervasive and nationwide problem,[1] understaffing is rarely cited by state survey agencies.[2]  One reason for the lack of deficiencies and enforcement actions is that the federal standard for nurse staffing is vague.  Aside from … Read more

As part of our recognition of Medicare’s first 50 years, this week begins our Medicare Matters: 50 Insights for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary.  Be part of the CMA Community Truth Squad: help us spread the word – on Twitter, Facebook – in conversations!  The future of a comprehensive Medicare program may depend on it. Medicare Was Key to … Read more

Introduction Checklist for Ambulance Appeals Quick Screen – Should My Ambulance Transport Be Covered By Medicare? Ambulance Transport Appeal Details Additional Information Glossary of Terms Medicare Regulations for Coverage of Ambulance Transportation Medicare Regulations Regarding Appeals Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Manual Provisions (CMS) Manual Provisions 1. Introduction Dear Medicare Beneficiary: The Center for … Read more

Kayvona Abell entered the workforce at an early age, after receiving her high school diploma from EastCONN in 2009.  Despite her youth, Kayvona quickly became a trusted employee wherever she worked, and often performed managerial tasks.  After attending Brio Academy of East Hartford in 2011, Kayvona quickly returned to full time work.  She came to the Center … Read more

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Since 1965, Medicare has opened doors to health care and increased economic security for hundreds of millions of older people, people with disabilities, and their families. 2015 also ushers in a new Congress. Many of its leaders and members will likely champion plans to further privatize Medicare. These … Read more

A Message from the Executive Director News You Can Use Legislative & Policy Update CMA In the Community A Message from the Executive Director 2015 Marks the 50th Anniversary of Medicare – Help Ensure its Future Since 1965, Medicare has opened doors to health care and increased economic security for hundreds of millions of older … Read more

Contact:  Ali Bers, Litigation Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy               (860) 456-7790, abers@medicareadvocacy.org               Michael Benvenuto, Project Director, Vermont Legal Aid, Inc.               (802) 343-0967, mbenvenuto@vtlegalaid.org Burlington, VT: The Center for Medicare Advocacy and Vermont Legal Aid filed a class action lawsuit against Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to stop … Read more

Washington, D.C. – December 19, 2014: The Center for Medicare Advocacy, and the rest of the Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation (CPR), an alliance of leading national consumer and clinician organizations, expressed disappointment over the recommendation approved today by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to recommend “site-neutral” payment for certain Medicare patients in need of … Read more

While the Center for MEdicare Advocacy continues to press for systemic improvements to the Medicare program, both big and small, there has been some good news for beneficiaries in the health care arena.  As calendar year 2014 draws to a close, the Center highlights positive changes in Medicare and health care that occurred this year, … Read more

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the nonpartisan government agency that advises Congress on Medicare policy, indicated at its November 7, 2014 public meeting that, at its next public meeting in December, it would recommend (1) phasing-in site-neutral payments for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for 17 conditions, which it has … Read more