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  • Welcome and Housekeeping  (David Lipschutz, Moderator) 
  • The Fight to Protect the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid – Updates (David Lipschutz and Kata Kertesz) 
    • Affordable Care Act (ACA)
      • Congressional action
      • Advocacy/coalition action
    • Outlook for Medicare and Medicaid
  • Observation Status (David Lipschutz)
    • Recent HHS OIG Report confirms that long outpatient stays in hospitals increasing
    • Update on NOTICE Act and Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) – hospitals required to issue starting March 8, 2017
    • Reintroduction of Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act  
  • CURES Act: Medicare Advantage Changes (David Lipschutz) 
    • Scales tipped further in favor of Medicare Advantage over traditional Medicare
  • Update on Home Health Access Initiative Project (Kathy Holt) 
  • Administration on Community Living Grant – For Medicare Beneficiaries Under age 65 (Kathy Holt)
  • Litigation Update   (Ali Bers)
    • Jimmo (Improvement standard)
    • Barrows (formerly Bagnall) (Observation)
    • Sherman (Lower level Medicare appeals)
    • Exley (formerly Lessler) (ALJ Delay Case)
    • Lodge (Medically necessary oral health care)
  • General Medicare Q&A (Moderator)
  • Wrap-up  (Moderator)
    • Keep informed: Myths and Truths, other information and updates on the Center’s Website
    • Next Call

REMINDER: Other information available at: https://www.medicareadvocacy.org/Projects/AdvocatesAlliance/AdvocatesAlliance.IssueBriefs.htm.

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