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Removing the Barrier to Medicare Coverage for Chronic Conditions:
Regulatory Clarification, Litigation, And Education Regarding the Medicare Improvement Standard

Monday, April 11, 2011 – 2:00 P.M., Eastern Time
Call-in Number: 1(888) 206-2266
Pass Code: 1050263 #

NOTE: We ask people calling from the same location to gather around one telephone. This frees up lines and holds down costs.



  • Welcome and Housekeeping  (Vicki Gottlich, CMA, Moderator)
  • Introduction of Speakers and Topic  (Moderator)
  • Special Topic Presentation and Q&A* (Judith Stein, Margaret Murphy, and Gill Deford, CMA Attorneys)
  • Overview of the Medicare “Improvement Standard” (Judith Stein)
    • The Center’s Self Help Packets
    • Available on the Center’s website  
  • Recent Federal Cases and New CMS Home Health Coverage Regulations (Margaret Murphy)
  • Recent Class Action Litigation (Gill Deford)
  • General Medicare Q&A*(Moderator)
  • Legislative Update  (Vicki Gottlich, CMA Attorney)
  • Litigation Update   (Gill Deford, CMA Attorney)
  • Wrap-up  (Moderator)
  • Issue Briefs on Center’s Website
  • Searchable Database
  • Next Call

REMINDER: The Center for Medicare Advocacy’s on-line Medicare Decision database and other information are available at:


   *This Alliance Call is supported by a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies.  We strongly encourage your participation and discussion, including issues, advocacy strategies and experiences.

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