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Vt. lawsuit prompts Medicare changes

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A federal lawsuit brought in Vermont is bringing about a change in national Medicare practices that advocates say will improve coverage for people in long-term care.

Vermont resident Glenda Jimmo was lead plaintiff in the case that challenged what some providers perceived as Medicare's requirement that patients being treated in settings ranging from nursing homes to home health had to be improving in order for their coverage to continue.

Several national advocacy groups went to bat for Jimmo in a lawsuit that sought a new standard clarifying that care could continue even if was only geared toward preventing the patient's condition from getting worse.

Now the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have issued new rules following a court settlement approved by Vermont U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss.

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