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AAHomecare in Action – CMS Changes Physician Doc Requirements

September 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, CMS released this update on face-to-face exam requirements based on changes in the “Doc Fix” legislation passed in March of this year, which have eliminated the requirement for physicians to document face-to-face encounters conducted by allowed nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or clinical nurse specialists.

In their update, CMS also notes that they are not enforcing or expect full compliance on DME face-to-face requirements until further notice.

CMS further notes that the delay in enforcement on the face-to-face requirements applies to reviews conducted by the DME MACs, Recovery Auditors, ZPICs and PSCs, but does not apply to CERT audits. AAHomecare will continue to monitor any changes in CMS’ guidance and enforcement in this area.

AAHomecare Welcomes Megan Friedlander to the Team
WASHINGTON, DC – Megan Friedlander has joined the AAHomecare staff as communications associate. Megan brings a broad range of experience in marketing and communications for non-profits. Her last position was in managing communications and marketing for the Council for Interior Design Qualification. A native of Lenexa, Kansas, Megan received her undergraduate degree in Theatre Management from Stephens College.

IN BRIEF
WASHINGTON, DC – Jay Witter, senior vice president of Public Policy, and Kim Brummett, vice president of Regulatory Affairs, met with Rep Renee Ellmers (R-NC) to discuss audit reform legislation…Witter met with Sens Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and John Thune (R-SD) to discuss competitive bidding legislation…The Regulatory Council met in person in Baltimore…the State Leaders Council convened… the Separate Benefit Steering Committee convened…AAHomecare held a webinar on joint ventures and other business arrangements.