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Q: My question is in regard to physician visits and certification. When a resident who is in a Medicare A stay, returns to the hospital and is admitted, does the 14, 30, 60, etc. physician visit schedule start over? I cannot locate this information.

A: When a resident in a Medicare Part A stay is readmitted to the hospital and then returns to the SNF, the facility completes a return/readmission assessment (in lieu of a 5-day assessment) and then the next assessment would be the 14-day, etc.

In addition, if any OBRA assessment is also due that assessments may be combined while following the rules for both assessments.