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Shelly Mesure, MS, OTR/L

Jimmo and the future of rehab

On Jan. 24 of this year, the Jimmo vs. Sebelius class action lawsuit was settled. This was a significant win for us, the healthcare providers. As we continue to work out the details, I feel now is a good time for a reminder of the ins and outs the lawsuit. No doubt about it, it was a blockbuster decision.

Steven Littlehale

The mythical standard

The Jimmo vs. Sebelius case, filed in January 2011 in federal district court in Vermont, has now been settled. The class action lawsuit challenged Medicare’s use of an “improvement standard” in determining medical necessity for skilled nursing services and outpatient therapy.

IT Update

Timothy Bickmore, Ph.D., will address how computerized characters can provide support to providers during an upcoming free webinar. “Avatars in senior care settings” will begin at 1 p.m. ET on March 20. The presentation is part of the McKnight’s Online Expo. Attendees will be able to earn up to five free NAB-approved continuing education credits. To register, visit

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Settlement will expand therapy

It’s official: A federal judge approved a settlement agreement the last week of January that will allow Medicare patients to continue receiving therapy services even if they are not making measurable improvement.

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