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Home Health Care Certification Date of Service

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    When billing for Home Health cert/recert, do you list the date the doctor signed the certification or do you list the first date of service (start date)? I cannot find a clear cut answer anywhere. Can anyone provide a link to a source that answers this? Thanks.
    Carrie Romine, CPC
    Senior Compliance Specialist
    Rockford Orthopedic Associates

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    I would love to see an anwer to this as well. The resources I have found, from home health providers, say to use the date the physician signed the form. Another question: If the patient is re-admitted for Home Health services, how do we make sure that the patient has not received any home health services for at least 60 days, as required by Medicare?
    Sharon

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    If you're referring to billing from the 485 Form that the physician signs to order home health, I use the date the service started for either the initial or the recertification.
    So, for initial certification "start of care date" (box 2) is the date you will use.

    If it is a re-certification, use the "certification period" (box 3). For example, if the date in box 3 is "1/30/2014 to 3/30/2014", you would use 1/30/2014 (the first date the re-certification started).

    Also, the way I find out if the patient is in an 60-day home health episode, I check Medicare's Endeavor system and look at the tab for home health.
    Sometimes the HHA is lagging in putting the date in, so you might have to check back a few times...

    G0179 for Re-certification
    G0180 for Initial certification

    This is the way I have billed for years, but I don't know where to find it in writing. The AAPC Coding Edge had a nice article by Kristine Cuddy. I don't know which month/year this came from. I tried to attach it, but couldn't, sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineM View Post
    If you're referring to billing from the 485 Form that the physician signs to order home health, I use the date the service started for either the initial or the recertification.
    So, for initial certification "start of care date" (box 2) is the date you will use.

    If it is a re-certification, use the "certification period" (box 3). For example, if the date in box 3 is "1/30/2014 to 3/30/2014", you would use 1/30/2014 (the first date the re-certification started).

    Also, the way I find out if the patient is in an 60-day home health episode, I check Medicare's Endeavor system and look at the tab for home health.
    Sometimes the HHA is lagging in putting the date in, so you might have to check back a few times...

    G0179 for Re-certification
    G0180 for Initial certification

    This is the way I have billed for years, but I don't know where to find it in writing. The AAPC Coding Edge had a nice article by Kristine Cuddy. I don't know which month/year this came from. I tried to attach it, but couldn't, sorry.
    we do it the same as this....

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