CMS To Ensure Medicare Coverage For Chronically Ill Patients

Law360, New York (October 23, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT) -- The federal government has agreed to revise Medicare regulations to ensure chronically ill and disabled patients receive coverage for skilled, rehabilitative care even if their conditions don't improve, settling a nationwide class action brought by patient advocates who announced the deal Tuesday.

The settlement, which could potentially affect tens of thousands of patients with chronic illnesses and disabilities, resolves a suit claiming the government used a so-called “improvement standard” for decades to illegally deny coverage to Medicare patients because their conditions didn't improve or the skilled...
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