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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Medicare to change policy on requiring that patient is 'improving'

Medicare will revise the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual to correct suggestions that Medicare coverage is dependent on a beneficiary "improving." New policy provisions will state that skilled nursing and therapy services necessary to maintain a person's condition can be covered by Medicare.

For decades, Medicare beneficiaries – particularly those with long-term or debilitating conditions and those who need rehabilitation services – have been denied necessary care based on the "Improvement Standard".  

http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/hidden/highlight-improvment-standard/


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