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Federal Agency Ignores Judge’s Medicare Ruling To Detriment Of Countless Elders In Nursing Homes

For about 30 years, home health agencies and nursing homes that contract with Medicare have routinely terminated the Medicare coverage of a beneficiary who has stopped improving, even though nothing in the Medicare statute or its regulations says improvement is required for continued skilled care. Medicare contractors have instead used a covert “rule of thumb” known as the “Improvement Standard” …