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Industry Greets New Face-to-Face Rule with Cautious Optimism

Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016 9:06 AM

CMS learned from the lawsuit for its Medicare face-to-face rule by releasing important distinctions for home care services covered by Medicaid. CMS released its final rule last month, requiring that physicians conduct and record face-to-face visits with patients. The rule, officially effective July 1, states the encounter must relate to the patient’s need for home health services, and it needs to take place no more than 90 days before or 30 days after the start of services. The rule has received positive feedback among industry groups, which have commended the requirement of telehealth as an eligible face-to-face encounter. Additionally, organizations continue to support CMS for clarifying that people do not need to be deemed housebound in order to receive home care. For the full article, click here.

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