New England Senators Send a Letter on Face-to-Face Issue to CMS Administrator Tavenner
Last week, nine senators representing New England states sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner expressing growing concerns that home care providers in the region are having with CMS’ cumbersome face-to-face requirements.
The letter was signed by both senators from the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and one of the senators from Connecticut. The letter, originated by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), crosses ideological and partisan lines with Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike signing the letter on behalf of the home care and hospice community in the Senators’ respective states.
The letter states that:
“Home health agencies in our states are being overwhelmed by a significant increase in medical review activity, with millions of dollars in payment denials related to physician face-to-face (F2F) documentation for medically necessary care to Medicare beneficiaries. Home health agencies in New England inform us that these reviews and payment denials, which they believe in many cases are unjustified, could jeopardize seniors’ access to home health care.
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