View the Center for Medicare Advocacy's recent appearances in the media below.
Beneficiary Advocate Jocelyne Watrous in US News: While most people focus on price, the most important thing to consider when choosing a plan is whether your medications are on the drug formulary. Also check for medication restrictions, such as prior authorization and quantity limits.
Posted: November 21, 2014, 3:24 pm
Beneficiary advocate Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, is opposed to site-neutral payments and told Inside Health Policy that MedPAC commissioners should look at all conditions in the way it is viewing strokes, and recognize that IRFs and SNFs provide significantly different levels of care based on individual patient's needs and severity of illness.
Posted: November 18, 2014, 4:08 pm
In reversing course, CMS “emphasized the importance of technology and how critical it really is, at this point, I think, to not make a new policy immediately,” said Kathleen Holt, associate director at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, which advocates for Medicare beneficiaries.
Posted: November 7, 2014, 3:37 pm
Denied a Medicare claim? Don't give up on the appeal process, persistence is key to getting covered - NY Daily News
When you appeal at the hearing level, you will have a much better shot at a quick response time if you clearly mark your appeal and the envelope you send it in as a “Beneficiary Appeal” to distinguish it from provider appeals, said Terry Berthelot, a senior attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy.
Posted: November 5, 2014, 2:44 pm
The key difference between Medicare Cost plans and other types of Medicare plans is that enrollees are not restricted to the plan’s network of providers. They can go outside the network to receive Medicare-covered services,” says David Lipschutz, senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy
Posted: November 3, 2014, 2:28 pm
“This should give hope to other people who are going through the Medicare appeals process,” said Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, which filed the original class action lawsuit with Vermont Legal Aid and negotiated both settlements. “It’s helpful to know that people will get a fair shot for an appeal because if Mrs. Jimmo couldn’t, who could?”
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:59 pm
'Improvement standard' lives on, Medicare refuses to cover Jimmo herself - McKnight's Long Term Care News
The decision perplexes Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, which filed the original Jimmo class action. Under the settlement terms, a person generally should be eligible for skilled nursing, home health and therapy coverage even if he or she is not improving, Stein told Jaffe. Stein previously has noted that changes are not being swiftly and smoothly implemented. “We are unfortunately finding providers are still reluctant to provide care because they are so accustomed to Medicare denials based on a need for improvement,” Stein told Jaffe.
Posted: October 28, 2014, 3:29 pm
The council's decision on Jimmo makes no sense to Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, which filed the original class action lawsuit with Vermont Legal Aid, and helped negotiate the Jimmo settlement. "People shouldn't have to decline in order to get the care they need," Stein said.
Posted: October 27, 2014, 5:26 pm
Patient advocates have begun shoring up arguments to push back against the impending change, said Center for Medicare Advocacy Associate Director Kathleen Holt.
Posted: October 27, 2014, 3:26 pm
“Given the prevalence of upcoding by some MA plans, we hope that the GAO audit will result in CMS paying plans more accurately and fairly while reducing wasteful overpayments,” said David A. Lipschutz, an attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy.
Posted: October 21, 2014, 2:00 pm