Appeals Court Lowers Fee Award

A federal appeals court has lowered a fee award for attorneys who won changes in the way Medicare notifies recipients about dropped or reduced benefits for home health care.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New York City, ruled yesterday that the plaintiffs’ attorneys were not entitled to a higher hourly rate becuase of specialized expertise, the New York Law Journal reports.

The attorneys the Center for Medicare Advocacy Inc. will receive only $125 an hour rather than $300 an hour.

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