CHA News Article

CMS Issues Final Rule on Medi-Cal Home Health Face to Face

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the attached final rule on Medicaid home health services. The final rule adds to the Medicaid home health service definition by requiring that physicians — or for certain medical equipment, physicians or certain authorized non-physician practitioners — document face-to-face encounters within reasonable timeframes. The requirement includes face-to-face encounters through the use of telehealth with a Medicaid-eligible beneficiary. The rule also aligns the timeframes with similar regulatory requirements for Medicare home health services, and will take effect July 1.