Monday, December 30, 2013

The Hill runs Parkinson, Coalition Piece on Observation Stays

By: Claire Krawsczyn

Last week, a DC-based online publication, The Hill, which is widely read by members of Congress and their staffs, featured a piece penned by the observation stays coalition. The 1,100-word article, “Don’t deny seniors nursing care,” focuses on how observation stays impact Medicare beneficiaries and the proposed legislation that seeks to address the issue. As noted in the opinion-editorial, the coalition writes:

“The issue is gaining ground in Washington, and we are here to ensure that it does not fade away – that Congress continues to listen to Medicare patients and their advocates. We must continue this momentum. More can be done – and more must be done. Patient advocates and provider groups alike are calling on policymakers to fix this problem once and for all, and enact into law the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act. Now is the time. Our aging population simply cannot afford to wait any longer for this issue to be addressed.”

The coalition members who participated in penning the article are: AARP; AMDA; Alliance for Retired Americans; American Case Management Association; American Health Care Association; American Medical Association; Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.; The Jewish Federation of North America; LeadingAge; Medicare Rights Center; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers; National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs; National Center for Assisted Living; National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care; National Senior Citizens Law Center; Society of Hospital Medicine.

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