CMS will be hosting a National Provider Call on the new Home Health Face-to-Face encounter requirements on December 16, 2014. The call will offer an overview of certifying patient eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit, which includes an overview of a new requirement for home health agencies to obtain documentation from the certifying physician's and/or the acute/post-acute care facility's medical record for the patient that served as the basis for the certification of patient eligibility.
The CY 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule finalized a new patient certification requirement for home health agencies beginning January 1, 2015. During this National Provider Call, CMS subject matter experts discuss the changes to the Medicare home health benefit, followed by a question and answer session.
The call will be held from 1.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. Eastern Time. CMS encourages physicians who certify patients for the Medicare home health benefit, hospital/skilled nursing facility discharge planners, non-physician practitioners who are allowed to perform Medicare home health face-to-face encounters, and home health agencies to participate in the call. A tentative agenda is below:
- Benefit overview
- Patient eligibility
- Certification requirements, including the required face-to-face encounter
- Recertification requirements
- Q&A session
A link to the slide presentation will be posted and available prior to the call. A link to the audio recording and written transcript of this call will be posted approximately 2 weeks following the call.
To register for this National Provider Call, please visit the MLN Connects Event Registration website.