HOME HEALTH CARE PLANNING IMPROVEMENT ACT (HR 2150)
THIS LEGISLATION WOULD: TO SUPPORT THIS BILL: https://actnow.io/4VQC3hu
- Allow Non-Physician Providers(NPP) to certify a patient’s eligibility for the Medicare Home Health Benefit.
- Enable NPPs eligibility to certify the face to face encounter requirement.
If passed, the legislation would allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses to certify home health care services, potentially cutting the need for a physician out of the equation.
Under current Medicare rules, only physicians can certify patients to receive home health services — a common point of contention within the home health care industry. Among other challenges, it’s not uncommon for home health providers to experience gaps in communication with patients’ doctors, as well as costly certification delays that leave individuals vulnerable to negative outcomes without timely care.