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Proposed Rule Requires Face-to-Face Encounter for Medicaid Home Health Beneficiaries

The face-to-face requirements for Medicaid home health services will follow a similar timeframe to that set forth for Medicare. The timeframes were established by the Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and CMS intends to enforce the regulation. A proposed rule creates the requirement that physicians document the existence of a face-to-face encounter with Medicaid beneficiaries within 90 days prior to the ordering of home health services. However, in circumstances where it is deemed not to be possible to meet the 90 day requirement, the face-to-face encounter would be satisfied by an encounter with the beneficiary occurring within 30 days after the start of home health services. Additionally, states that currently allow use of telehealth or telemedicine when delivering services under Medicaid will remain able to use these techniques to fulfill the face-to-face encounter.

If you have any questions pertaining to the Medicare or Medicaid face-to-face requirement, telemedicine rules or any other regulations under PPACA, please contact a Wachler & Associates attorney at 248-544-0888.

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