Bill to Permit Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Medicare Home Health Orders Introduced
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019 12:09 AM
This week, a group of bipartisan Representatives introduced a bill in the House that would allow non-physician practitioners to certify home health orders under Medicare. The bill which is commonly referred to as the “NPP bill” allows nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists to certify home health orders.
“Nurse practitioners, certified-nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants offer invaluable, personal, professional care to so many people around the country,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky. “This legislation will make their cost-saving, high quality services more directly accessible to Medicare patients in need, while greatly reducing the costs of these services. A win for patients, a win for providers, and a win for Medicare’s bottom line.”
This legislation has enjoyed widespread support in the past, however, there is concern in Congress over how much its enactment would cost the federal government
We will keep you updated on this important legislation.
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