CMS to Host a National Provider Call on the New F2F Encounter Requirements December 16, 2014
November 24, 2014 04:37 PM
CMS recently announced a National Provider Call on the new F2F encounter requirements to be held on December 16, 2014. The National Provider Call will offer an overview of certifying patient eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit - including 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.
This new requirement was finalized in the Calendar Year 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule, effective for home health episodes beginning on or after January 1, 2015.
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 1.30pm to 3.00pm EST. 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:
Certification requirements, including the required face-to-face encounter
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 MLN Connects Call National Provider Call, please visit the MLN Connects Event Registration website.