WA HCA: Temporary change to home health ordering requirements (COVID-19 response)

  • 07 Apr 2020 2:10 PM
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    Temporary change to home health ordering requirements (COVID-19)

    What changed?

    Effective April 3, 2020, the Health Care Authority (HCA) changed administrative codes to allow advanced registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants to order home health services without a signature or co-signature of a physician. To implement this, HCA filed emergency rules under WSR 20-09-016, amending WAC 182-543-0500 and 182-551-2040.

    These changes align with changes made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS).

    What other changes are coming?

    HCA continues to monitor and change policies to improve care access and payment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit HCA's website for additional information on policy changes related to COVID-19.


    About the Health Care Authority (HCA)

    The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is committed to whole-person care, integrating physical health and behavioral health services for better results and healthier residents.

    HCA purchases health care for more than 2.5 million Washington residents through Apple Health (Medicaid), the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program, the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program, and the COFA Islander Health Care Program. As the largest health care purchaser in the state, we lead the effort to transform health care, helping ensure Washington residents have access to better health and better care at a lower cost.

    Please do not reply directly to this message. For more information, visit the HCA website, where you'll also find contact information.

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