Judge finalizes HHS Jimmo fix

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A U.S. District Court judge accepted the Department of Health and Human Services' plan to better explain grounds of the historic Jimmo settlement — with a few added tweaks of her own.

HHS was charged with better educating providers and beneficiaries about the lack of a “maintenance standard” for therapy patients after falling far short of terms of a 2013 settlement agreement with aggrieved beneficiaries.

The new plan requires HHS to create a website on the settlement, complete with language stating that improvement is not a necessity for Medicare therapy coverage, a stipulation added by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Christina Reiss.

The judge also added that a national provider conference call must be held to clear up questions about the case.

HHS must implement the newly approved plan by Sept. 4.