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Defining Home Health Visits

Medicare Benefit Policy Manual (CMS Pub. 100-02, Ch. 7, § 70.2A)External PDF

A visit is an episode of personal contact with the beneficiary by staff of the home health agency, or by others under contract or under arrangement with the home health agency, for the purpose of providing a covered home health service.

Telehealth services are outside the scope of the Medicare home health benefit and Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS). Therefore, Medicare does not provide coverage or payment for home health services provided via a telecommunications system. Please see the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual (CMS Pub. 100-02, Ch. 7, § 110External PDF) for additional information on the use of telehealth in the delivery of home health services.

Updated: 07.30.12

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