Physician Face-to-Face Encounter
NEW MEDICARE REQUIREMENT EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2011
The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act has mandated a physician face-to-face encounter (in-person visit) for Medicare home health services.
The in-person visit with the patient must be done by one of the following:
The in-person visit timeframes must occur:
The narrative documentation must have (See Documentation Guide):
The in-person visit documentation must be a separate and distinct section of, or an addendum to, the physician’s orders/485 and must be clearly signed and dated by the certifying physician who either performed the visit or received documentation form their NPP.
The home care agency is required by Medicare to maintain this documentation.
Please contact Lawrence Home Care of Westchester at (914) 961-2818 if we can be of further assistance.