Medicare

CMS Beneficiary Engagement RFI – Disability Inclusion

AAHD has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) responding to their RFI on beneficiary engagement. The AAHD comments are here: PDF.

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CMS Issues HCBS Settings Statewide Transition Tool Kit

Available here is the September 5 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) toolkit to assist with the transition in implementing the Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) settings rule

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Medicare Coverage of “Complex Rehabilitation Technology”

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) supporting legislation to authorize Medicare payment for “complex rehabilitation technology.” The September 2 letter is here: PDF.

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Participant Rights in Medicare Advantage Programs (S 2552 & HR 4998)

AAHD has joined 23 national organizations, led by the Medicare Rights Center, supporting legislation to ensure participant rights in Medicare Advantage programs. The letters are here: Senate and House of Representatives.

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Concerned with Delay in Electronic Health Record “Meaningful Use” Implementation

AAHD has joined the Pacific Business Group on Health, National Partnership for Women and Families, and others in expressing concern to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the announced delay in implementing the electronic health record “meaningful use” standards. The July 21 letter is here: PDF.

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Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Produce More Positive Outcomes in Post-Hospitalization Rehabilitation than Skilled Nursing Facilities

Report of Dobson-DaVanzo commissioned by the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA). The Medicare cost and outcomes report is available here: PDF.

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Using Medicaid to Fund Supported Employment for Persons with Mental Illness

July 10 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) webinar featuring successful employment models and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The power points are available for download: click here.      

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Advocates Disappointed that Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Timeline Will Be Delayed

AAHD has joined 28 organizations, led by the Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH), expressing disappointed that electronic health record “meaningful use” timelines are delayed. AAHD is a CPeH member. The July 14 letter is here: PDF.

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CMS Clarifies Application of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) To Medicaid Self-Direction Programs

July 3 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines are here: PDF.

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Promoting Quality Measurement for Persons Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) task force on long term services and supports has commented on the National Quality Forum draft report on serving persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. AAHD represents CCD on the NQF. The June 27 CCD comments are here: PDF.

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