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Face-to-Face Referrals

Authorizing Home Health Care

According to a new provision in the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, physicians wishing to order home healthcare services for patients covered by Medicare must schedule a face-to-face encounter with each patient. Please note that these visits must occur 90 days prior to, or within 30 days of the start of a Medicare home healthcare episode, and that each visit must also be documented using the Face-to-Face Encounter Form below.

Key Forms

A Face-to-Face Encounters Form is required by Medicare when ordering home healthcare for your Medicare patients. This form supports the assertion that an encounter with the patient occurred, that the encounter was related to the primary reason the patient needs home care and that the patient's medical status qualifies him or her as homebound.

Download a Face-to-Face Referral Form