Follow this rule on recertification dates

I receive a lot of questions about dates for recertifications … what day range can they be done in, and more … this is straight from the CMS Q&As, which are considered official guidance:

Q1. When is a recertification (follow-up) assessment due for a Medicare/Medicaid skilled care patient?

A1. A Medicare/Medicaid skilled-care adult patient who remains on service into a subsequent episode requires a follow-up comprehensive assessment (including OASIS items) during the last 5 days of each 60-day period (days 56-60, counting from the start of care date) until discharged.

I posted this link a few weeks ago, but I’ll put it here again. It s a terrific document to help guide you through tricky  timing sequences:

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