DME and Home Health Update
Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced June 27 that it would delay until October 1 the implementation of new requirements for physician documentation of face-to-face patient encounters as a condition for paying for DME. CMS stated it will institute the delay, “Due to concerns that some providers and suppliers may need additional time to establish operational protocols necessary to comply with face-to-face encounter requirements mandated by the Affordable Care Act for certain items of DME.”
Please consider still writing your congressman per previous posting since this constitutes a significant burden on NP providers and our patients. This is the link to AANP's Advocacy Center when you can conveniently email your legislators (even if you are not sure who they are!):
Home Health Bill Introduced in the House
On June 26, Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) were joined by 21 bi-partisan original co-sponsors in the introduction of the “Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013” (H.R. 2504). This legislation, if passed, would enable nurse practitioners and other providers to certify the eligibility of Medicare patients for home health services. Independent experts have estimated that the bill would save Medicare $310 million over five years by eliminating delays in treatment and streamlining the process by which patients receive necessary home health services.
AANP members are encouraged to contact their Representatives now and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 2504.