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Monthly Archives: May 2021

CMS Implements Waiver for Ground Ambulance Services

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Trump and Biden administrations have created numerous waivers of payment policies to help ensure people with Medicare retain their access to care despite the pandemic. One of the more recent additions is the Waiver for Ground Ambulance Services: Treatment in Place that allows […]

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CMS Looks to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Education, Administration, and Reporting Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

On Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated COVID-19 vaccination education, uptake, and reporting policies for Medicaid and Medicare Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities serving people with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID). The interim final rule with comment period (IFC) revises the infection control standards the […]

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Medicare Rights Responds to Proposed HIPAA Changes

Today, the Medicare Rights Center submitted comments to the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in response to proposed changes to an important privacy rule. The rule, which clarifies and implements the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), is a vital protection against misuse or improper […]

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Medicare Rights Endorses Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act

On May 4, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on drug pricing legislation, including the recently reintroduced provisions of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3). Medicare Rights submitted a statement for the hearing record in support of this important […]

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