File No. 34524
This rule was published in the April 15, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 8) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Health, Health Care Financing, Coverage and Reimbursement Policy
Home Health Services
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 34524
Filed: 03/24/2011 02:40:51 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this change is to update references to statutory authority for home health services and to clarify home health terminology. This change is also necessary to incorporate by reference the definitions from the home health agency provider manual.
Summary of the rule or change:
This amendment updates references to statutory authority for home health services, clarifies home health terminology, and incorporates by reference the definitions from the home health agency provider manual. It also removes a definition that already exists in another administrative rule and removes a definition that already exists in the home health agency provider manual. It also makes other minor corrections.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 26-1-5
- Section 26-18-3
This rule or change incorporates by reference the following material:
- Adds Home Health Agency Provider Manual, published by Division of Medicaid and Health Financing, 04/01/2011
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
The Department does not anticipate any impact to the state budget because this amendment only clarifies definitions, terminology, and statutory authority for home health services.
There is no impact to local governments because they do not fund or provide home health services for Medicaid clients.
The Department does not anticipate any fiscal impact to small businesses because this amendment only clarifies definitions, terminology, and statutory authority for home health services.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
The Department does not anticipate any fiscal impact to providers of home health services and to Medicaid clients because this amendment only clarifies definitions, terminology, and statutory authority.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There are no compliance costs to a single provider of home health services or to a Medicaid client because this amendment only clarifies definitions, terminology, and statutory authority.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
This rule should not have a direct fiscal impact on business. Incorporation of this section of the provider manual by this rule assures that the Medicaid program is implemented through administrative rule.
W. David Patton, PhD, Acting Executive Director
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R414. Health, Health Care Financing, Coverage and Reimbursement Policy.
R414-14. Home Health Services.
R414-14-1. Introduction and Authority.
.] Home health services are part-time intermittent
health care services that are based on medical necessity and
provided to eligible persons in their places of residence when the
home is the most appropriate and cost effective setting that is
consistent with the client's medical need. The goals of home
health care are to minimize the effects of disability or pain;
promote, maintain, or protect health; and prevent premature or
2. This rule is authorized under [
Utah Code] 26-18-3 and governs the services allowed under 42
1. "Home health agency" means a public agency or
private organization that is licensed by the Department as a home
health agency under the authority of Utah Code Title 26, Chapter
21, and in accordance with Utah Administrative Code R432-700. A
home health agency is primarily engaged in providing skilled
nursing service and other therapeutic services.
2.] "Plan of Care" means a written plan developed
cooperatively by home health agency staff and the attending
physician. The plan is designed to meet specific needs of an
individual, is based on orders written by the attending physician,
and is approved and periodically reviewed and updated by the
3. "Prior authorization" means that degree of
approval for payment of services required to be obtained from
Division of Health Care Financing staff by a licensed provider
before the service is provided.
R414-14-3. Client Eligibility Requirements.
Home health services are available to categorically eligible and medically needy individuals.
R414-14-4. Program Access Requirements.
.] Home health service shall be provided only to
an individual who is under the care of a physician. The attending
physician shall write the orders on which a plan of care is
established and certify the necessity for home health services.
.] The home health agency may accept a recipient
for home health [ care] only if there is a reasonable expectation that a
recipient's needs can be met adequately by the agency in the
recipient's place of residence.
.] The attending physician and home health agency
personnel must review and sign a total plan of care [ shall] as often as the severity of the
patient's condition requires, but at least once every 60 days
in accordance with 42 CFR 440.70.
.] The home health agency must provide quality,
cost-effective care and a safe environment in the home through
registered or licensed practical nurses who have adequate training,
knowledge, judgement, and skill.
.] Home health aide services may only be provided
pursuant to written instructions and under the supervision of a
registered nurse by a person selected and trained to assist with
routine care not requiring specialized nursing skills.
.] Over the long term service period, the cost to
provide the required [ care and] service in the patient's home must
be no greater than the cost to meet the client's medical needs
in an alternative setting.
.] A home health agency may provide an initial
assessment visit without prior authorization to assess the
patient's needs and establish a plan of care. After the initial
visit, all home health care and service must be based on prior
R414-14-5. Service Coverage.
.] Two levels of home health service are covered:
Skilled Home Health [ Care] and Supportive Maintenance Home Health [ Care].
.] Skilled nursing service encompasses the expert
application of nursing theory, practice and techniques by a
registered professional nurse to meet the needs of patients in
their place of residence through professional judgments, through
independently solving patient care problems, and through
application of standardized procedures and medically delegated
.] Home health aide service encompasses assistance
with, or direct provision of, routine care not requiring
specialized nursing skill. The home health aide is closely
supervised by a registered, professional nurse to assure competent
care. The aide works under written instructions and provides
necessary care for the patient.
.] Supportive maintenance home health care serves
those patients who have a medical condition which has stabilized,
but who demonstrate continuing health problems requiring minimal
assistance, observation, teaching, or follow-up. This assistance
can be provided by a certified home health agency through the
knowledge and skill of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a home
health aide with periodic supervision by a registered nurse. A
physician continues to provide direction.
.] IV therapy, enteral and parenteral nutrition
therapy are provided as a home health service either in conjunction
with skilled or maintenance care or as the only service to be
provided. Specific policy is outlined in the medical supplies
program and all requirements of the home health program must be met
in relation to orders, plan of care, and 60 day review and
.] Physical therapy and speech pathology services
are occasionally indicated and approved for the patient needing
home health service. Any therapy services offered by the home
health agency directly or under arrangement must be ordered by a
physician and provided by a qualified licensed therapist in
accordance with the plan of care. Occupational therapy and speech
pathology services in the home are available only to clients who
are pregnant women or who are individuals eligible under the Early
and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program.
.] Medical supplies utilized for home health
service must be suitable for use in the home in providing home
health care, consistent with physician orders, and approved as part
of the plan of care.
.] Medical supplies provided by the home health
agency do not require prior approval, but are limited to:
(a) supplies used during the initial visit to establish the plan of care;
(b) supplies that are consistent with the plan of care; and
(c) non-durable medical equipment.
.] Supportive maintenance home health [ care] is limited in time equal to one visit per day
determined by care needs and care giver participation.
.] A registered nurse employed by an approved,
certified home health agency must supervise all home health
services. Nursing service and all approved therapy services must be
provided by the appropriate licensed professional.
.] Only one home health provider (agency) may
provide service to a patient during any period of time. However, a
subcontractor of a home health provider may provide service if the
original agency is the only provider that bills for services. A
second provider or agency requesting approval of service will be
.] Home health care provided to a patient capable
of self care is not a covered Medicaid benefit.
.] Personal care services, except as determined
necessary in providing skilled care, is not a covered home health
.] Housekeeping or homemaking services are not
covered home health benefits.
.] Occupational therapy is not a covered Medicaid
benefit except for children covered under CHEC for medically
.] Home health nursing service beyond the initial
evaluation visit requires prior authorization.
.] All home health service beyond the initial
visit, including supplies and therapies, shall be in the plan of
care that the home health agency submits for prior authorization.
Prior to providing the service, the home health agency must first
obtain approval for the level of skilled or maintenance service
based on the prior authorization request and a review of the plan
of care. If level of service needs change, the home health agency
must submit a new prior authorization request.
.] A home health agency may provide therapy
services only in accordance with medical necessity and after
receiving prior authorization.
R414-14-6. Reimbursement for Services.
Reimbursement for home health services
shall be provided as documented in the Utah [
State Medicaid] Plan, ATTACHMENT 4.19-B. The fee schedule was
established after examining usual and customary charges in the
industry, applying appropriate discounts, and relying on
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
July 1, 2009]
Notice of Continuation: September 23, 2009
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 26-1-5; 26-18-3
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