Home Health Tip: Face-to-Face Encounter

Published 11/30/2021

Please ensure that the face-to-face encounter for home health is completed within 90 days prior to or 30 days after the start of care. Include clinical findings to support the need for skilled services; documentation must support the homebound status of the patient. The certifying physician’s, allowed practitioner's and/or the acute/post-acute care facility’s medical record for the patient must contain the actual clinical note for the face-to-face encounter visit that demonstrates that the encounter:

  • Occurred within the required timeframe
  • Was related to the primary reason the patient requires home health services and
  • Was performed by an allowed provider type

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