HCA, NAHC Offer Guidance on Physician Face-to-Face Requirement

In an effort to assist agencies in navigating their way through a major piece of a recent CMS Final Rule, the Home Care Alliance and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice have released a list of documents aimed at improving the understanding of patients and educating doctors while encouraging their coordination and cooperation.

The requirement is that a face-to-face visit between a patient and their physician is necessary in order to be certified for home health services.  Please see the sample documents below for guidance and for your agency’s use.

A link to the entire Final Rule as published in the Federal Register is available here. The section of note is Letter “F” for the face-to-face requirement, which is available here.

If there are any questions, or if you would like further information, please contact the Home Care Alliance. Please note that clarification has been asked of CMS regarding certain aspects of the rule, including documentation.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.

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