Medicare temporarily expands coverage of telehealth services

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Telehealth is a visit with a provider that uses telecommunication systems between a provider and a patient. 

Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services by waiving 42 CFR § 484.55(a), allowing home health agencies to perform the initial assessment remotely.  

The initial assessment must still be provided within 48 hours of the patient’s referral or return home from an inpatient facility or on the physician-ordered SOC date.

Briggs’ NEW Home Health Initial Assessment/Telehealth form:

  • Enables clinicians to remotely document the beneficiary’s eligibility for home health services
  • Supports regulatory compliance allowing patients to be cared for in the best environment for them while supporting infection control
  • Can (if the beneficiary meets eligibility) be used to supplement the Face-to-Face Encounter note, provided by the physician
View Sample Here
Other COVID-19 Documentation Forms

  • Telehealth Acknowledgement: This new form was developed for use by post-acute providers to convey the required information surrounding the telehealth appointment to the patient/resident and/or their representative. Download a sample here
  • Aid Supervisory Visit/Telehealth: This one-page form allows the appropriate skilled professional to document that the aide is furnishing care in a safe and effective manner. Download a sample here
  • Telephone/Telehealth Visit - Adult: This two-page form addresses a wide range of possibilities. Clinician may complete the sections pertinent to the patient’s needs. Download a sample here

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