CMS MLN ConnectsTM Conducting Call on Program Manual Updates Related to Jimmo v.Sebelius Lawsuit

On January 24, 2013, the U. S. District Court for the District of Vermont approved a settlement agreement in the case of Jimmo v. Sebelius, involving skilled care for the IRF, SNF, HH, and OPT benefits. “Nothing in this Settlement Agreement modifies, contracts, or expands the existing eligibility requirements for receiving Medicare coverage.”

The goal of this settlement agreement is to ensure that claims are correctly adjudicated in accordance with existing Medicare policy, so that Medicare beneficiaries receive the full coverage to which they are entitled. The settlement agreement sets forth a series of specific steps for CMS to undertake, including issuing clarifications to existing program guidance and new educational material on this subject.

As part of the educational campaign, this MLN Connects™ Call will provide an overview of the clarifications to the Medicare program manuals. These clarifications reflect Medicare’s longstanding policy that when skilled services are required in order to provide reasonable and necessary care to prevent or slow further deterioration, coverage cannot be denied based on the absence of potential for improvement or restoration. In this context, coverage of skilled nursing and skilled therapy services “…does not turn on the presence or absence of a beneficiary’s potential for improvement, but rather on the beneficiary’s need for skilled care.” Portions of the revised manual provisions also include additional material on the role of appropriate documentation in facilitating accurate coverage determinations for claims involving skilled care.

Program Manual Updates to Clarify SNF, IRF, HH, and OPT Coverage Pursuant to Jimmo v. SebeliusRegistration Now Open
Thursday, December 19; 2-3pm ET

To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early.

Target Audience: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs); Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs); Home Health Agencies (HHAs); and providers and suppliers of therapy services under the Outpatient Therapy (OPT) Benefit.

• Clarification of Medicare’s longstanding policy on coverage for skilled services
•  No “Improvement Standard” is to be applied in determining Medicare coverage for maintenance claims that require skilled care
• Enhanced guidance on appropriate documentation
Continuing education credit may be awarded for participation in certain MLN Connects Calls. Visit the Continuing Education Credit Information web page to learn more.

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