Face-to-Face Documentation Change

Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the requirement for physicians to document face-to-face encounters conducted by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or clinical nurse specialists has been eliminated, effective 9/9/2015.

As revised by MACRA, a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or clinical nurse specialist can document a face-to-face visit with a patient and write an order for durable medical equipment. The physician no longer needs to co-sign the face-to-face visit when the nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or clinical nurse specialist performs the visit. *An exception to this rule is diabetic shoes – those must still be signed by an M.D. or D.O.

The 6-month face-to-face encounter requirement has not been changed by MACRA, so written orders for durable medical equipment must occur within 6 months of the face-to-face patient visit.

If you or your staff have any questions, please reach out and our Regional Account Managers will be happy to assist in any way they can.

Home Sweet Home

Living at home is a dream that all Americans have dreamed. For seniors this dream can be risky if their home is not adequately equipped to prevent falls. The Centers for Disease Control reported that each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Reality is that these falls are the leading cause of injury death. And even more telling, 54% of these fall related deaths occur in the home, according to the National Safety Council.

Despite these risks, seniors want to continue to live in their home where they have experienced most of life’s greatest moments. Many have worked hard to stay in their home, proud to call it their own, and watched their children grow up and move out of their house. This is why Rice Home Medical does what we do. We want to continue to allow seniors to keep their dream and make even more memories in their home.

Many solutions can be installed in one’s home to lower those risks. A simple grab bar by the bathtub can provide stability around slippery floors. A walk-in tub can lower the risk of tripping while stepping in and out of the tub. A stair lift can transfer a person from one floor to the other with ease. And an outdoor ramp can reduce the risk of falling on steps (especially during those Minnesota icy winters!). These are only some of the home modification solutions that Rice Home Medical provides.

To find out more about what Rice Home Medical can do to make your home safer, contact us at 1.800.637.7795.

This article was adapted from an article from HME Business magazine, “Home Safe Home.”

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