Monday, July 18, 2016

CMA Receives Grant Allowing Focus on Observation Stays Issue

Dana Halvorson and James Michel

On July 14th, the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) announced that they will be partnering with The John A. Hartford Foundation in an effort to improve long term and chronic care conditions for older adults. The Foundation’s grant will allow CMA to focus on older adults dealing with the issues of ‘outpatient’ Observation Status. During the two-year grant period, CMA will “…gather existing resources and collect stories from beneficiaries, produce and update advocacy materials, and conduct extensive outreach and education that will improve observation status policy through regulatory change, improved federal guidance, and increased awareness by legislators.”

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and CMA are part of the Observation Stays Coalition consisting of several national provider and patient advocacy organizations who advocate on the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act (S. 843/H.R. 1571). This legislation would count a patient’s time in observation toward the three-day hospital inpatient stay requirement. To learn more about this issue and the Coalition, please visit the Observation Stays page on the AHCA/NCAL website.

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