What is the purpose of the Medicare Home Health Face-to-Face requirement

1. What is home health care and the types of services they provide? Home health care is a system of care made available for use by skilled practitioners to patients in their homes under the guidance of a physician. The aim of home health care is to assist patients with improving function and live with greater autonomy, further encourage the patient’s optimal level of well-being, and to help the patient to remain at home, avoiding hospitalization or admission to long-term care institutions. 2. What is the purpose of the Medicare Home Health Face-to-Face requirement? The purpose of the face-to-face requirement is to ensure that physicians and nurse practitioners continue to have regular contact with long-stay patients, and that patients continue to meet criteria for Medicare coverage of hospice services. Additionally, to prevent fraud and to promote communication during transitions between health care settings.1. What is home health care and the types of services they provide? Home health care is a system of care made available for use by skilled practitioners to patients in their homes under the guidance of a physician. The aim of home health care is to assist patients with improving function and live with greater autonomy, further encourage the patient’s optimal level of well-being, and to help the patient to remain at home, avoiding hospitalization or admission to long-term care institutions. 2. What is the purpose of the Medicare Home Health Face-to-Face requirement? The purpose of the face-to-face requirement is to ensure that physicians and nurse practitioners continue to have regular contact with long-stay patients, and that patients continue to meet criteria for Medicare coverage of hospice services. Additionally, to prevent fraud and to promote communication during transitions between health care settings.

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