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CMS Proposed Rule Would Eliminate Home Health Face-to-Face Requirement

Posted on: 7/1/2014

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule would updating the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) rates. The proposed rule includes measures to eliminate the home health face-to-face encounter documentation requirement mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and require only that a physician certify a visit took place and the patient needs home care with a date and a signature.

In meetings with both CMS and Congress dating back to March of 2011, ACMA has called for changes to the home health face-to-face requirement. Following feedback and recommendations from ACMA and the Face-to-Face Coalition, CMS announced on December 8, 2011, that it would permit the use of Form 485 to meet the documentation requirement.

To access the proposed rule, click here. The proposed changes to the face-to-face encounter requirement begin on page 34.

To read more about ACMA's efforts around this issue, click here.

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