The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued final rules governing home health agencies under Medicare and Medicaid that include a mix of manual and electronic informational and record-keeping provisions, along with several streamlining requirements that aid home health providers.

For instance, agencies are expected to give patients and caregivers written information about upcoming visits, medication instructions, treatments administered, instructions for specific care that a patient or caregiver performs, and the name and contact information of a home health agency clinical manager.

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