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Comments and Sign-on Letters

Comments

Comment Letter to CMS about MACRA Final Rule

  • After the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced the final rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), Compassion & Choices made several suggestions regarding quality measures, most of which concerned terminal patients receiving unwanted medical treatment at the end of life. Strong emphasis was placed on informed decision making on the part of the patient.


Comments on Palliative and End-­of-­Life Care for the National Quality Forum 2015-2016

  • Many people do not fully realize all of their palliative options throughout an advanced illness until it is too late. Compassion & Choices urges NQF to extend measurements beyond hospice care into other disciplines, like general practitioners, can play an important role in allowing people to access the benefits of hospice and palliative care.

Comments on Person-­ and Family­-Centered Care for the National Quality Forum 2015-2016

  • Compassion & Choices asked the National Quality Forum to expand its Shared-Decision Making Process Measure (2962) to patients with advanced illness. We agree with the general consensus of the standing committee that shared decision-making is appropriate for all patients, and urge the NQF to put these ideas into practice by expanding this measure to more patients.

Sign on letters

Requests CMS revise Medicare payment policies in regards to Advance Care Planning September 8, 2015

  • A dozen patient advocacy and health care professional organizations, including Compassion and Choices, wrote to the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in strong support of new codes recognizing separate payment for advance care planning.

Urges CMS to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts from the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, Compassion & Choices, and others. August 5, 2016

  • The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, Compassion and Choices, 58 patient advocacy groups, unions, law and health care professional organizations, nearly 800 individuals, and the New York Times wrote the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urging CMS to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts. Making arbitration agreements before a dispute emerges takes the power of choice out of the hands of residents and their families.

Letter in support of S. 3130, the “Independence at Home Act of 2016”

  • Compassion & Choices joined over 60 health care professional organizations, unions, and patient advocacy groups in expressing support for the Independence at Home Act of 2016, introduced by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Rob Portman (R-OH). This bipartisan legislation establishes a permanent Independence at Home Medical Practice Program; ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries with advanced illness receive home-based, person-centered care.

Letters in support of H.R. 5772 and S. 3236, the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act

  • Compassion and Choices joined over 70 health care professional organizations, unions, and patient advocacy groups in expressing support for the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act. The BENES Act would simplify and modernize Medicare Part B enrollment by doing away with unnecessary premium penalties, filling gaps in coverage, and assisting those who’ve mistakenly delayed or declined Part B. These penalties and mistakes affect thousands of people, forcing them to pay higher healthcare costs and barring them from accessing important care. These letters are written to the sponsors of the House and Senate versions of the BENES Act.