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NAHC Report: Issue# 2248, 8/1/2013
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An Update on the Face-to-Face Dear Colleague Letter
Two New Members Inducted into HHFMA Hall of Fame
For Your Information: NAHC Needs Your Help and Participation in its Face-to-Face Encounter Documentation Denials Survey
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An Update on the Face-to-Face Dear Colleague Letter

Last week, NAHC Report announced that several Members of Congress circulated a Dear Colleague letter and a draft sign-on letter to CMS regarding the Medicare home health face-to-face (F2F) physician encounter requirements that continue to be a burden for home health providers.

Every member of the House of Representatives received copies of the Dear Colleague and draft CMS letter seeking relief from the onerous F2F documentation requirements, which was sent by sent by Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Robert Andrews (D-NJ). 

Below are all the Representatives who have signed on the F2F letter thus far:

Tom Reed (R-NY) Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
Paul Tonko (D-NY) Julia Brownley (D-CA)
Chris Smith (R-NJ) Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)
Robert Andrews (D-NJ) Todd Rokita (R-IN)
Pete King (R-NY) Michael Grimm (R-NY)
Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) Bill Owens (D-NY)
Brian Higgins (D-NY) Walter Jones (R-NC)
Glenn Thompson (R-PA) Jared Polis (D-CO)
Joe Courtney (D-CT)  

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NAHC Needs Your Help and Participation in its Face-to-Face Encounter Documentation Denials Survey

Recently two of the CMS contractors a have announced widespread audits of home health providers with a key focus on compliance with the face-to-face (F2F) encounter documentation requirements. The documentation requirements have become more stringent recently with contractors now expecting physicians to write detailed descriptions of the patient’s condition in order to support the need for skilled services and homebound status.

NAHC has heard that one contractor has denied 399 claims out of 801 within an 11-day period related to the revised guidelines for the F2F documentation.

NAHC once again needs to present the case to CMS that home care agencies are in an untenable position with the more stringent F2F requirement guidelines.

Before making such a case, however, NAHC needs to gather solid data to present to the regulators. NAHC has developed a survey with specific questions regarding the number and reasons for F2F denials, and asks its members to take a few moments to offer their insight.

The following survey should only take a few minutes to complete and will provide us with valuable information.

Please click here to access the survey. Your feedback is very important.

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Two New Members Inducted into HHFMA Hall of Fame

Two new members were welcomed into the Home Care & Hospice Financial Manager’s Association (HHFMA) Hall of Fame during the annual Financial Management Conference, which was held this week in Washington, DC. Bernard Lorenz, Founding Principal, Lorenz Consulting LLC, and Thomas E. Boyd, Principal at Boyd and Nicholas, Inc. become the latest inductees into HHFMA’s Hall of Fame.

Mr. Lorenz was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his, “dedication and wide-ranging support of the home care community over many years) his expert financial management of home health care and hospice, his essential participation in the formation of the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association, his logical and insightful guidance on the many issues confronted by home care providers, and his advancement of the ideals of home care and hospice.”

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