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At the Center for Medicare Advocacy's National Voices of Medicare Summit (March 20, 2015), three Medicare leaders presented their perspectives on Medicare's promise and challenges. All spoke to the value of Medicare for its intended beneficiaries: older and disabled people. They also noted the resources and funds Medicare spends on providers and private industries.    Current … Read more

We look forward to your insight as we move forward with Implementation of the Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement. We will see you on June 23, 2015, at the Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room North, First St SE, Washington, DC 20515. More information on the Improvement Standard and Jimmo v. Sebelius.

Reflections on the 2nd Annual National Voices of Medicare Summit A Look Back at the Summit from the Attendees' View 2015 National Voices of Medicare Summit Program and Speakers Reflections on the 2nd Annual National Voices of Medicare Summit and Senator Jay Rockefeller Lecture On March 20, 2015, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, held its second … Read more

By Harry Ting, PhD, Health Economist Medicare is the major driver of innovation in health insurance reimbursement. Early examples were establishing per case rates for hospitals in the form of DRG payments and requiring three day hospital stays for coverage of skilled nursing home care.  More recently, it adopted payment reductions for hospital acquired conditions and penalties … Read more

The Center for Medicare Advocacy (“Center”), a non-profit law organization, has an immediate, full-time opening for a position with our computerized case processing team. HOURS:   9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday PURPOSE OF POSITION:   The person holding this position is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization’s computerized case processing and tracking system. This … Read more

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has published a report entitled “Comparison of Consumer Protections in Three Health Insurance Markets: Medicare Advantage, Qualified Health Plans and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations.” The report is authored by Center Senior Policy Attorney David Lipschutz, former Center Policy Attorney Andrea Callow (now at Families USA) and Karen Pollitz, MaryBeth Musumeci … Read more

For the last several years, the Center has been trying to address the problem of Observation Status in the hospital, which can affect both what Medicare beneficiaries pay for hospital stays, and their coverage of subsequent care in a nursing facility.  For the last several sessions of Congress, bills have been introduced to try to … Read more

Today, March 26, the House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2).  While the Center for Medicare Advocacy believes it’s in the best interest of Medicare beneficiaries to find a permanent solution to the broken physician payment formula called the “Sustainable Growth Rate” (SGR), this Bill is not … Read more

 “Beneficiaries Would Pay Too Much, With Too Little in Return” March 24, 2015 – The Center for Medicare Advocacy believes it is in the best interest of Medicare beneficiaries and their doctors to find a permanent solution to the broken physician payment formula called the “Sustainable Growth Rate” (SGR). “Unfortunately, the SGR replacement package from … Read more

By Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director, Justice in Aging Of the 54 million people with Medicare, a staggering 25% have annual incomes below $14,400.  For these people living in retirement, or coping with a disability in poverty, Medicare coverage offers a lifeline, a chance to get needed health care. That precious red white and blue Medicare card means … Read more