Home Health & Hospice

The Inside Story: Documenting medical necessity for teaching and training services

Homecare E-News, August 24, 2015

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There is a lot of caregiver and patient teaching that occurs in the home. In fact, Medicare allows home health providers to educate clients on virtually any aspect of their condition or care as long as the need is identified at the time of admission and during each visit. More specifically, according to the Home Health Medicare Benefit Manual, skilled nursing visits for teaching and training are considered reasonable and necessary when these activities are appropriate to the patient’s functional loss, illness, or injury.

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