The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have posted new guidance regarding the physician face-to-face requirement in order for patients to receive Medicare home health services.
Questions & Answers have been updated periodically by CMS and a new round has just been made available.
The new Q&A’s include:
- When can the HHABN Option 2 be used if a patient fails to have a face-to-face encounter with the certifying physician?
- Can documentation requirements for the face-to-face encounter be satisfied if the certifying physician’s staff complete the document as part, or addendum to the certification using the patient’s medical record & physician reviews and signs?
Also, if you are from a home health agency and have not already done so, please comment on a national Face-to-Face Encounter Requirement Survey. Your feedback on whether the report reflects the issues your agency is facing will be instrumental in the Home Care Alliance’s advocacy and meetings with federal elected officials taking place at the end of March. You can comment on this newsfeed post or email James Fuccione at HCA.
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