Rural Health Clinic Visiting Nurse Services

Descriptions of Visiting Nurse Services

Responsibilities:

  • Provides skilled nursing services which are reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of the patient's unique medical condition
  • Skilled services are based on the complexity of the service, condition of the patient and accepted nursing and medical practices
  • Requires the skills of a nurse to provide safe and effective care which continues to be a skilled service even if it is taught to the patient, the patient's family, or other caregivers
  • Determination is made by the physician based on the condition of the patient when the services were ordered and what is reasonably expected to be appropriate treatment for the illness or injury throughout the certification period

Covered Services

The following requirements must be met:

  • The patient is considered homebound
  • RHC is located in an area that has a shortage of home health agencies determined by the Secretary
    • Written requests to CMS Regional Office (RO) can be made along with written justification that the area it serves meets the required conditions
  • Services provided under a written treatment plan
  • Nursing care is furnished on a part-time or intermittent basis only by a Registered Professional Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Drugs and biologicals are not provided
  • Home nursing visits before the plan is put into writing are covered if authorized in writing by the supervising physician

Treatment Plans

  • Must be written and reviewed by a supervising physician, Nurse Practitioner (NP), Physician Assistant (PA), Clinical Nurse Midwife (CNM), Clinical Psychologist (CP), or Clinical Social Worker (CSW), as appropriate, at least once every 60 days
  • Plan is terminated when no visit occurs during the 60-day period unless
    • Supervising physician recertifies within the 60-day period and indicates lapse
    • Documented intervals are predictable for treatment less frequent than 60 days
  • Home nursing visits before the plan is put into writing are covered if authorized in writing by the supervising physician

Billing and Payment

Beginning with dates of service on or after April 1, 2016*:

  • Line item date of service
  • Type of bill (TOB) 071X
  • Revenue code 052X
  • Modifier CG
  • HCPCS code G0490 *Added to the IOCE, on January 1, 2017
  • Paid all-inclusive rate (AIR)

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Last Updated Fri, 20 Dec 2019 10:28:30 +0000