NAHC Urges it's Members to Contact CMS Administrator Tavenner and their Lawmakers Asking to Phase-in the New F2F Regulations
January 13, 2015 08:20 AM
Last month, both NAHC and it's affiliate, the Forum of State Associations (FSA), sent letters to CMS requesting the use of a phase-in approach with the new requirements in the physician face-to-face (F2F) encounter rule that take effect on January 1, 2015.
To date, CMS has not issued any guidance or initiated any education on the new requirement that physicians have sufficient documentation in their own files to support the certification of homebound status and skilled care need. CMS did, however, host a long-awaited National Provider call on the revised home health face-to-face encounter requirements for certifying Medicare home health patients.
NAHC is asking its members to take a moment to weigh in with CMS and elected officials in supporting NAHC and FSA’s request for a phase-in approach to enforcement. The message to CMS and your legislators is: “Phase-in the new F2F documentation requirements by issuing comprehensive guidance on compliance and education of physicians and home health agencies before instituting full enforcement.”
To send a message to the CMS Administrator and your legislators, go here: Take Acion!
To read more about the letter that NAHC sent on this issue, including a link to the full letter, please see NAHC Report, December 12, 2014.
To read more about the letter that the Forum of State Associations sent on the issue, including a link to the full letter, please see NAHC Report, December 15, 2014.
To read more about CMS’ National Provider Call, please see NAHC Report, December 18, 2014.