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With support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for Medicare Advocacy has created a council of beneficiary advocates, providers, policy-makers and other partners to discuss, analyze and advance the implementation of the Jimmo v. Sebelius "Improvement Standard" Settlement.

The Center convened the first meeting of the multi-disciplinary Council on June 23, 2015 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. The purpose of the group is to form a community of experts committed to working together to develop strategies to implement the Jimmo decision. The Council includes disability, health, and elder rights groups, beneficiary advocates, nurses, therapists, and others.

At the first meeting, the group discussed the pervasive myth of improvement, barriers to implementation of Jimmo, and effective methods of implementing the decision, so that all Medicare beneficiaries who should receive skilled maintenance care are able to access those essential services.

A summary of the Council meeting, along with next steps for the group is forthcoming.

More information about Jimmo is available at: http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/jimmo-v-sebelius-federal-settlement-invalidated-medicare-improvement-requirement/.

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