Face to Face MD visits for Home Health and Hospice

Reminder.... beginning January 1, 2011, all patients being recertified or admitted to home health care have to have face-to-face visits from a physician or NP to certify that the patient meets criteria. 

In hospice, patients being recertified from the 3rd certification (benefit) period onward need to be seen by a hospice physician or NP to attest to the fact that the patient continues to meet criteria each cert period.  

Here are some links to information about these changes which were mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  This link takes you to CMS to read the Federal Register about the changes. 

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