Section 6407 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Home Health Services

Prior to making a home health certification after January 1, 2010 and as a condition of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, the physician must document that a face-to-face encounter with the patient has been made. The face-to-face can be made by the physician; a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist working in collaboration with the physician; a certified nurse-midwife; or a physician assistant under the supervision of the physician. The face-to-face encounter can be made through the use of teleheath.

Durable Medical Equipment

As a condition of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, orders for durable medical equipment must include physician documentation that a face-to-face encounter with the patient has been made during the 6 month period preceding the written order.. The face-to-face can be made by the physician; a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist working in collaboration with the physician; a certified nurse-midwife; or a physician assistant under the supervision of the physician. The face-to-face encounter can be made through the use of teleheath.