A flawed provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires a patient to have a face-to-face encounter (F2F) with a physician to certify the need for Medicare home health services. It includes burdensome paperwork requirements on physicians that have caused confusion among physicians, home health agencies, and other parties involved.
Unfortunately, the confusion and burdensome paperwork from the rule have limited access to care and posed a high risk for denying coverage to Medicare beneficiaries who are homebound and in need of skilled nursing care. Congress should act now to revise the F2F requirement.
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