When loved ones go to the hospital for serious illnesses or are homebound for a long recovery periods, family members and friends step in to help out. It’s usually one relative or close friend, however, that takes on the bulk of the caregiving duties. If that person is you, it’s imperative that you pay attention […]Read more »
According to the the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, 75% of hospital readmissions can be avoided. Patients don’t want to keep boomeranging back to the hospital, and under new regulations hospitals are financially penalized for having high readmission numbers. Either way, it’s in the best interest of both the patient and the medical organization to minimize […]Read more »
When surveyed seniors prefer to stay home, and home health is an important tool in meeting this goal
When surveyed most senior citizens prefer to stay in their home rather than move to assisted living or independent living communities, and home health care can help patients stay in their homes longer while remaining safe. Home health is often the most cost effective means of providing care as well. Re-hospitalizations create a significant strain […]Read more »
Did you know Physicians can receive payment from Medicare for home health care plan oversight?
If you’re like most physicians, you probably spend a lot of time on the phone following up with patients, family and other caregivers to coordinate the care of your patients. Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not reimburse phone time, and physicians are specifically prohibited from billing Medicare patients for phone calls. Medicare considers this pre- and post-visit work a bundled component of evaluation and management services.Read more »
Medicare’s Fiscal Intermediaries Change Long Standing Policy on Date Stamps
The following fiscal intermediaries: Palmetto, Cahaba, National Government Services and NHIC have confirmed with the National Association for Home Care that all signed orders for hospice and home health received on or after January 1, 2011 must be dated by the physician themselves. This changes long standing policy which previously allowed accepting a date stamp or facsimile date as proof of timeliness in lieu of a physician dating their signature. Date stamps will no longer be accepted beginning on January 1, 2011Read more »
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 »