The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the revised home health face-to-face encounter requirements for certifying Medicare home health patients as of January 1, 2015.
- The narrative requirement will no longer be required for initial certifications.
- Face-to-face forms are still required to be signed and will be sent.
- We ask that all face-to-face forms and plans of care are kept in the patient’s record with the physician.
- All other aspects of the face-to-face encounter are still required, such as:
– It must occur no earlier than 90 days prior to or 30 days after the start of care.
– The encounter is related to the primary reason for home health service.
– It is performed by a physician or an allowed non-physician practitioner.
CMS will apply the face-to-face encounter requirements anytime a new patient has a new start of care.
To view the CMS’s presentation on the changes, go to: