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MA plans undermine the entire Medicare program by unnecessarily raising program costs, and put the most vulnerable beneficiaries at risk.
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Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 2:00 - 3:30 EST
A discussion of the Medicare hospice benefit, combining the practical – an overview of the Medicare hospice benefit, common beneficiary challenges, and advice on how to choose a hospice – with policy updates, including recent oversight efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and proposals to modernize the benefit.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy's National Medicare Advocates Alliance provides Medicare advocates with a collaborative network to share resources, best practices, and developments of import to Medicare beneficiaries throughout the country. The Alliance is supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy is delighted to report that on February 13, 2024, CMS issued several important reminders to providers and adjudicators in traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage to refresh and train staff and contractors regarding the erroneous "Improvement Standard."Read more.
For many years, the Center for Medicare Advocacy has advocated for legislative and administrative efforts to address the growing inequities between Medicare Advantage (MA) and traditional Medicare, that favor MA, and encourage the growing privatization of the Medicare program. These inequities include overpayments to MA plans that unnecessarily drive-up Medicare spending, and lax oversight of MA plans that fails to impose adequate consumer protections.Read more.
Automatic enrollment of Medicare-eligible beneficiaries into employer or union-sponsored group MA plans is a concern; among other things, it limits care options for millions of people and erodes the Medicare statute’s protection of choice.
Under the law, Medicare coverage is available for people with acute and/or chronic conditions, and for services to improve, or maintain, or slow decline of the individual’s condition, and such coverage is available even if the services are expected to continue over a long period of time. Unfortunately, however, people who legally qualify for Medicare coverage frequently have great difficulty obtaining and affording necessary home care.