NAHC Initiates Survey on the Role of Non-Physician Practitioners in Home Care
September 28, 2015 02:59 PM
In an effort to strengthen advocacy efforts to gain authority for non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to certify Medicare home health services, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has developed a survey on the role of NPPs in home care. Reliance on NPPs as primary practitioners is growing among Medicare beneficiaries across the country. However, Medicare remains stuck in the 1960s by allowing only physicians to establish the patient’s plan of treatment and to certify Medicare eligibility for the home health services benefit. That antiquated policy is in contrast to the changes in state practice laws that permit nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurse specialists to prescribe home health services.
The survey focuses on the impact and outcomes of the Medicare limitation on certification authority. It is intended to elicit the positives and negatives of the current limitation as well what will likely occur if NPPs are given Medicare authority comparable to physicians.
NAHC requests that all home health agencies complete this quick survey within the next seven days. Legislation is currently advancing in the Congress that would remove the limitation on the authority of NPP role in Medicare home health services.
The survey can be found here.