Members of Congress Circulate Dear Colleague Letter on F2F Requirements
July 25, 2013 10:01 AM
The Medicare home health face-to-face (F2F) physician encounter requirements continue to be a major problem for home health agencies and their patients. Recently, NAHC allies in Congress circulated a Dear Colleague letter and a draft sign-on letter to CMS delivered to every member of the House of Representatives seeking relief from the onerous F2F documentation requirements.
The bipartisan Dear Colleague letter — sent by Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Robert Andrews (D-NJ) — invites other members of the House to sign on a letter to CMS.
In the letter, the original four signees state that, “we have been hearing from home health providers and agencies from across the country that believe the Physician Face-to-Face (F2F) requirements currently being implemented by CMS as part of the Affordable Care Act are overly complicated and overlap with documentation requirements that are already in place.”
The sponsors of the letter to CMS have asked NAHC and its members to help get as many members of the House to sign-on as possible.
Please contact your Representative and ask that he or she sign on the letter. For contact information, click here. When calling, ask the receptionist to connect you with the staffer who handles healthcare issues. Although every House office has received the Dear Colleague and draft sign-on letter, healthcare staffers may or may not have seen the letter yet. In that case, ask for their email address and offer to forward the letter. The letter can be downloaded here.