CHA News Article

DHCS Provides Details on Hospice Face-to-Face Requirement

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has provided updated information about new requirements for a face-to-face encounter as part of determining eligibility for hospice services. Effective Feb. 1, a hospice physician or nurse practitioner is required to have a face-to-face encounter with every hospice patient to determine the continued eligibility of that patient. The face-to-face encounter must occur not more than 30 calendar days prior to the start of the third benefit period and every subsequent period. The written attestation by the practitioner performing the encounter must be a separate and distinct section or addendum to the recertification form, and must include specified elements. Additional information is available on the DHCS provider update web page.