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November 28, 2018

Apple Health: Change to home health and medical equipment prescriptions

Starting Jan. 1, only physicians will be authorized to order home health services and medical equipment for Apple Health (Medicaid) patients.

The policy change comes as the state Health Care Authority aligns its rules for home health services and medical equipment with federal regulations published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Advanced registered nurse practitioners or physician assistants ordering home health services or medical equipment must have a physician's signature on their requested order. For more information, see this Nov. 14 letter from Medicaid Director MaryAnne Lindeblad.

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