NAHC Acknowledges Efforts by CMS to Revise Face-to-Face Encounter Regulation for Home Care Industry
July 8, 2014 01:54 PM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2014) — In response to pressure from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its Forum of State Associations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed revising the face-to-face encounter regulation to eliminate the onerous requirement to the physician’s narrative.
“We are delighted that CMS has heard and acted upon our recommendations,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “NAHC will continue fighting for the industry to get relief for past claims denied.”
On June 5, 2014, after extensive meetings with the highest levels of CMS officials, NAHC reluctantly filed a lawsuit to block a proposed regulation that would deny patients access to home health services.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.