Great News! The long-awaited bill for Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S.296/H.R.2150), part of the CARES Act (H.R.748), permanently authorizes PAs and NPs to order home health services for Medicare patients (in a manner consistent with state law). This bill allows Physicians Assistants to place and sign home care orders.
Welcome Physicians Assistants
Making a patient referral to home health care just got easier.
How You Can Prepare
- Review the CMS memorandum reviewing this updated policy along with other changes related to the pandemic.
- You must be PECOS enrolled and must include home health to your PECOS certification. If you aren’t already enrolled, it’s easy. Visit the PECOS site here.
- Home Health Care has to be indicated in the PA’s Delegation Agreement (DA) as being within your scope of practice and your DA has to be on file with us to receive home care orders.
How to Refer a Patient
CMS has also relaxed regulations around a face-to-face (F2F) visit within the 90 days preceding a home health visit. For those needing a F2F, we are now able to accomplish this with the use of technology such as video chat via FaceTime, Zoom, or other teleconference technologies that offer real-time, two-way communication.
To make a referral to Cornerstone VNA’s Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, or Life Care (private duty), please call our Health Information Department (formerly Intake) at 603-332-1133. Here are the documents needed to establish home care, which may be sent via fax to 877-234-9902:
- Face sheet/patient demographics that includes a physical address & phone, and insurance information
- Last 2 office visit notes (patient must have been seen within prior 90 days)
- Current medication list
- Reason that patient is home bound
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