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Moratorium on Enforcement of the Face-to-Face Encounter Requirement of Home Health and Hospice Services

The Affordable Care Act requires that all home health and hospice services be initiated by an in-person encounter with the patient and their physician in order to be covered under Medicare.  This requirement began January 1, 2011, but CMS has announced that it will not begin enforcing the requirement until April 1, 2011.  CMS has further stated that the delay in enforcement will not be further extended beyond April 1, 2011.

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