Cosponsor H.R. 3107, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019

As you may know, health insurance plans, including many Medicare Advantage plans, require physicians and other health care providers to obtain pre-approval for certain medical treatments or tests before they can provide care to their patients.  Known as
prior authorization, this process is meant to control costs by reducing medically unnecessary tests and procedures.  Physicians, other health care providers, and patients tell us that many health plans are over-using prior authorization and creating needless
treatment delays and denials which may endanger Medicare patients’ health.  We also know that this process can be lengthy and require physicians, other health care providers, or their staff to waste two or more days each week negotiating with insurance companies
— time that would better be spent taking care of patients.

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Support Prior Authorization Reforms

As you may know, health insurance plans, including many Medicare Advantage plans, require physicians and other health care providers to obtain pre-approval for certain medical treatments or tests before they can provide care to their patients.  Known as
prior authorization, this process is meant to control costs by reducing medically unnecessary tests and procedures.  Physicians, other health care providers, and patients tell us that many health plans are over-using prior authorization and creating needless
treatment delays and denials which may endanger Medicare patients’ health.  We also know that this process can be lengthy and require physicians, other health care providers, or their staff to waste two or more days each week negotiating with insurance companies
— time that would better be spent taking care of patients.

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Support Improvements to the new Kidney Care Model – Deadline Extended COB Wednesday, Oct 16.

We write to ask you to join us in sending a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar regarding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s recently proposed mandatory kidney care model that would cover half of the country.  Dialysis
patients are an extremely vulnerable population, and large-scale changes to the payment system for this group need to be carefully reviewed before implementation.

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Support Improvements to the new Kidney Care Model – Deadline Friday

We write to ask you to join us in sending a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar regarding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s recently proposed mandatory kidney care model that would cover half of the country.  Dialysis
patients are an extremely vulnerable population, and large-scale changes to the payment system for this group need to be carefully reviewed before implementation.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3107, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019

As you may know, health insurance plans, including many Medicare Advantage plans, require physicians and other health care providers to obtain pre-approval for certain medical treatments or tests before they can provide care to their patients.  Known as
prior authorization, this process is meant to control costs by reducing medically unnecessary tests and procedures.  Physicians, other health care providers, and patients tell us that many health plans are over-using prior authorization and creating needless
treatment delays and denials which may endanger Medicare patients’ health.  We also know that this process can be lengthy and require physicians, other health care providers, or their staff to waste two or more days each week negotiating with insurance companies
— time that would better be spent taking care of patients.

Read More

Support Improvements to the new Kidney Care Model – Deadline Friday

We write to ask you to join us in sending a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar regarding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s recently proposed mandatory kidney care model that would cover half of the country.  Dialysis
patients are an extremely vulnerable population, and large-scale changes to the payment system for this group need to be carefully reviewed before implementation.

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Join a Letter to Secretary Ross Calling for an Aluminum Import Monitoring System

The U.S. aluminum industry employs 162,000 workers and generates nearly $71 billion in direct economic output annually. In recent years, the industry has faced a serious threat from Chinese overcapacity and dumping of unfairly traded aluminum. In order to
help combat this threat, it is time for the U.S. to establish an aluminum import monitoring system, to help protect American jobs.

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Support Improvements to the new Kidney Care Model

We write to ask you to join us in sending a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar regarding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s recently proposed mandatory kidney care model that would cover half of the country.  Dialysis
patients are an extremely vulnerable population, and large-scale changes to the payment system for this group need to be carefully reviewed before implementation.

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Deadline TOMORROW COB: Sign on Letter: Support Seniors’ Access to Breakthrough Medical Technologies

We invite you to join us in sending a letter to CMS in support of a proposal that will provide seniors greater access to breakthrough medical devices and diagnostics. CMS included this proposal in the  FY2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed
rule.  The proposal would establish a streamlined approval process for medical devices applying for Medicare’s new technology add-on payments (NTAP) for inpatient hospital care after they have been approved or cleared by FDA as breakthrough technologies. Specifically,
the rule would deem the breakthrough technology as meeting two of NTAP’s criteria for approval— considered new and not substantially similar to an existing technology. The breakthrough technology must, however, meet NTAP’s third criterion that its costs would
not be covered by Medicare payments for inpatient hospital care, and, as a result, would not be available to Medicare patients. To be added to the letter please fill out this

FORM.

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Deadline TOMORROW COB: Sign on Letter: Support Seniors’ Access to Breakthrough Medical Technologies

We invite you to join us in sending a letter to CMS in support of a proposal that will provide seniors greater access to breakthrough medical devices and diagnostics. CMS included this proposal in the  FY2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed
rule.  The proposal would establish a streamlined approval process for medical devices applying for Medicare’s new technology add-on payments (NTAP) for inpatient hospital care after they have been approved or cleared by FDA as breakthrough technologies. Specifically,
the rule would deem the breakthrough technology as meeting two of NTAP’s criteria for approval— considered new and not substantially similar to an existing technology. The breakthrough technology must, however, meet NTAP’s third criterion that its costs would
not be covered by Medicare payments for inpatient hospital care, and, as a result, would not be available to Medicare patients. To be added to the letter please fill out this

FORM.

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