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

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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.