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New Medicare Rules Require Written Certification For Home Healthcare

Medical workers providing home healthcare have a new federal paperwork requirement that must be followed precisely in order for Medicare to approve the services.

A new Medicare law that goes into effect this month requires that a physician or certain non-physician practitioners must see a patient face-to-face and provide a signed official form describing the patient’s medical condition in order to receive home health care.

“If the form isn’t completed properly or on time, we have to discharge the patient,” said Lilibeth San Gabriel, director of nursing for Home Health Partners in Covina, California. That makes it particularly important for medical staff to work with physicians to ensure there are no mistakes.

The rule does not require the form to be notarized. “Usually we’re not too worried about forgery, but the form is lacking in provisions to verify the signature,” San Gabriel said.

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