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End in Sight for Home Health Services

Beginning January 2015, physicians have been tasked with estimating how much time a patient will remain on service upon recertification.  This is not a job for the agency.  505 more words

Home Health Nursing

Facing Out - Being Human Festival in Durham, November 2014

As an introduction to the Durham part of the Festival of Humanities, we’ve prepared a short (ish) video for both strands: the Ordered Universe’s ‘From Dark Ages to Dark Matter… 116 more words

Giles Gasper

Face to Face Documentation Guidance

I have received several denials on face to face documents because the signature was not dated.  Would somebody please tell Palmetto GBA to lighten up a minute and read the regulations?   1,082 more words

Home Health Nursing

A Gross Distortion of Truth

Implemented in 2011 as part of the ACA, the Face-to-Face requirement was mandated as a way to prevent Medicare fraud.  Well known cases of fraud involved agencies paying physicians who have never seen a patient to sign orders.  865 more words

Home Health Nursing

Normally, I try not to be so very outwardly hostile towards CMS but lately, it seems as though the feds don’t really need to justify intruding on my privacy or the bank accounts of legitimate health care providers, so, whatever. 915 more words

Home Health Nursing

Patient Abandonment and Face to Face Encounters

Today I have the opportunity to share with you some wise thoughts regarding a potential risk associated with Physician Face to Face encounters that hadn’t occurred to me before. 829 more words

Home Health Nursing

CMS answers face-to-face questions

These Q&As answer a lot of questions, including:

  • whether the plan of care and the certification need to be signed by the same physician (not necessarily in home health)
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