NY Times: Medicare Standards Too Strict

The New York Times reported on a federal court ruling that said Medicare beneficiaries do not have to show that their conditions will improve as a result of home health care.

According to the article:

“Medicare will pay for those services if they are needed to maintain a person’s ability to perform routine activities of daily living or to prevent deterioration of the person’s condition, the courts said. Medicare beneficiaries do not have to prove that their condition will improve, as the government sometimes contends, the courts said.”

The Home Care Alliance obtained a copy of a letter sent by 17 members of Congress to the Director of the Center for Medicare Management arguing against the improvement standard. US Representative Barney Frank was among the cosigners of the letter, which is available here.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.

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