CMS Implements “Face to Face” Rule for Patients’ Receiving Home Health Services
One of the many “anti-fraud” provisions recently implemented by CMS was a requirement that certifying physicians have face-to-face contact with a patient for whom they are certifying homebound status or terminal illness.
A new Medicare home health law goes into effect on January 1st that affirms the role of the physician as the person who orders home health care based on personal examination of the patient. Effective in January 2011, a physician who certifies a patient as eligible for Medicare home health services must see the patient. The law also allows the requirement to be satisfied if a non-physician practitioner (NPP) sees the patient, when the NPP is working for or in collaboration with the physician.Read more »