Policy Updates

Shared Decision Making Guidance in Medicare and Medicaid

AAHD has joined a coalition led by the Alliance for Aging Research requesting CMS to collaborate and rely on work by the National Quality Forum to further shared decision making. The November 13 letter is here: PDF.

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Reducing Maternal Mortality (HR 1318/S. 1112)

AAHD has joined a coalition led by the Friends of CDC’s NCBDDD, March of Dimes, AMCHP and others asking Congressional passage of legislation to reduce maternal mortality. The November 14 letter is here: PDF.

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Surgeon General Report on Health & the Economy: Promoting the Integration of Behavioral Health and General Health

AAHD has endorsed the comments of No Health Without Mental Health (NHMH) encouraging the U.S. Surgeon General to prioritize the integration of behavioral health, primary care, and general health. AAHD’s October 31 comments are here: PDF.

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CMS MMCO Demos for Persons Dually Eligible and Quality Measures

AAHD and 3 other national organizations have written to CMS seeking clarification on expected quality measures for persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The October 30 advocate communication to CMS MMCO is here: PDF.

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AAHD Joins Letter Opposing Expansion of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans

AAHD has joined a coalition of 80 organizations led by the Kennedy Forum in supporting the lawsuit filed challenging the Trump Administration’s rules authorizing broader use of short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans. Letter available here.

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2019 Medicare Prescription Drug Annual Open Enrollment – Advocate Brochure

AAHD has joined the Medicare Access for Patients Rx (MAPRx) (page 9) in issuing a brochure on 2019 enrollment; the brochure is here: PDF.

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House-Senate Opioids Agreement (3) – NASMHPD-NASADAD-NCBH Summaries

Available here are the NASMHPD-NASADAD-NCBH summaries of the Congressional Conference Committee opioids legislation: PDF.

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Medicaid Personal Care and Home Health Services – Electronic Visit Verification (EEV)

Co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Task Force on LTSS, have written CMS seeking clearer guidance on how to implement EEV obligations. AAHD is a CCD LTSS member. The September 28 CCD letter is here: PDF.

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Week of October 2, 2018

Creating Better Systems of Care for Adults with Disabilities: Lessons for Policy and Practice” September 25 Commonwealth Fund report Learn more here. Achieving Value in Medicaid Home-and-Community-Based Care: Considerations for Managed Long Term Services & Supports Programs September 18 Center for Health Care Strategies guide Learn more here. CDC Annual Report – Health, United States, […]

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Concerns with Proposed “Step Therapy” in Medicare Advantage Plans

AAHD has joined the National Health Council and American Cancer Society led coalition expressing opposing to a proposed Medicare Advantage Plan rule allowing “step therapy.” The September 26 letter is here: PDF.

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