- There are two HCPCS codes for certification and re-certification of Medicare covered home health services
- The CARES Act of March 2020 allows nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and physician assistants (PAs) to certify home health services, previously only a physician could perform the service
- This is work that practitioners are already doing, and they can be reimbursed for the work
The payment isn’t for signing the certification. The payment is for monitoring the plan of care and contacts with the home health agency for a patient who is receiving Medicare-covered home health services.
The clinician creates and reviews the plan, verifies it is being implemented and reviews the data sent by the agency. Although the payment is small, it represents work done by clinicians.
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