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Monday, August 13, 2012 – 2:00 P.M., Eastern Time

Call-in Number: 1 (888) 206-2266

Pass Code: 9874704

NOTE: We ask people calling from the same location to gather around one telephone.

This frees up lines and holds down costs.



(Materials will be sent prior to the call)

•          Welcome and Housekeeping  (David Lipschutz, CMA, Moderator)

•          Presentation: Medicare and ACA Messaging − Fighting Fiction with Facts  (Judy Stein, Executive Director, CMA)

o        Working together to get the truth out and to advance fair access to Medicare and health care

•          Legislative Update:  Medicare in the Cross-hairs − Lame Duck, Sequester, Grand Bargain and More (David Lipschutz, CMA)

•          New Rules (Toby Edelman and Alfred Chiplin, CMA)

o        Recent Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) – Various topics, including observation status, Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) and durable medical equipment (DME) face-to-face requirements

o        New Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN)

o        Proposed Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Rules

•          Litigation Update   (Gill Deford and Ali Bers, CMA)

o        Jimmo (Improvement Standard)

o        Bagnall (Observation)

o        Other litigation

o        Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals and the Three-Hour Rule (of Thumb)

•          General Medicare Q&A (Moderator)

o        Please

•          Wrap-up  (Moderator)

o        Keep informed: Myths and Truths, other information and updates on the Center’s Website

o        Searchable Database

o        Next Call

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



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