Face-To-Face Can Be Quick and Easy
As part of the Affordable Care Act, home health care patients require a face-to-face visit with the certifying physician within 90 days prior to start of care or within 30 days after start of care. The reason for the face-to-face encounter must relate to the primary reason the patient requires home health services.
Face-To-Face Documentation Must Include:
- Date of the encounter
- Patient’s name
- Brief narrative that explains the reason skilled service is necessary for the treatment of the patient’s illness or injury, based on the physician’s clinical ndings during the face-to-face encounter
- Specific statements explaining why the patient is homebound
- Signature of the certifying physician
- Date of the certifying physician’s signature
And remember, no specific form is required if your office visit note or discharge summary include the information listed above. Just attach a copy to your patient referral and you're done.
Download Your Free Quick Reference Kit
We've put together a face-to-face quick reference kit to help make this CMS requirement quick and easy, so we can all get back to what's important: providing the best care for our patients.
Complete the form on the right to download your free Face-to-Face Quick Reference Kit now.