INTERPRETIVE OR POLICY STATEMENT
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
In accordance with RCW 34.05.230(12), following is a list of policy and interpretive statements issued by the department of social and health services.
Division of Healthcare Services
Subject: Recertification requirements for hospice.
Effective Date: November 1, 2011.
Document Description: The Affordable Care Act amends section 1814 (a)(7) of the Social Security Act to require that a hospice physician or nurse practitioner (NP) must have a face-to-face encounter with every hospice patient to determine the continued eligibility of that patient prior to the one hundred eighty day recertification, and prior to each subsequent recertification. Furthermore, the Affordable Care Act requires that the hospice physician or NP attest that such a visit took place.
To receive a copy of the interpretive or policy statements, contact Ellen Silverman, Hospice, P.O. Box 45506, Olympia, WA 98503, phone (360) 725-1570, TDD/TTY 800-848-5429, fax (360) 725-1966, e-mail email@example.com, web site www.dshs.wa.gov.