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Monday, August 12, 2013 – 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. Please ensure your line is on MUTE for the duration of the call until the Q&A portion of the Agenda.

  • Welcome and Housekeeping (David Lipschutz, Moderator) 
  • Presentation:  Update on Hospital Observation Status (Toby Edelman)
    • Observation status legislation: “Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013” (H.R. 1179, S. 569)
    • Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report – July 2013
    • Final Rule issued by CMS – Final FY 2014 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule issued 8/2/13 – Our First Impressions
    • Other updates​
  • The Supreme Court’s Windsor Decision Striking Down DOMA (Alfred Chiplin) 
    • A quick update on advocates’ efforts to implement the decision​
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare Beneficiaries (Andrea Callow)
    • A quick update re: issues Medicare beneficiaries and those becoming eligible will face with exchanges
    • What questions are you getting, and what response are you hearing from HHS, CMS?​
  • Legislative Update:  The Federal Budget and Medicare (David Lipschutz)
  • Dual Eligible State Demonstrations Update (Andrea Callow)
  • Litigation Update (Gill Deford)
    • Jimmo – Improvement standard
    • Bagnall (Observation)
    • Other litigation​
  • Long-Term Care Commission – Contact Commissioner Judy Stein at
  • General Medicare Q&A (Moderator)
  • Wrap-up  (Moderator)
    • Keep informed: Myths and Truths, other information and updates on the Center’s Website
    • Searchable Database
    • Next Call

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