NOA stands for Notice of Admission, and it’s an important piece of documentation for home health care providers. It lets the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) know that a patient has started receiving home health care services. Once submitted, the NOA will cover the entire home health care service period, including consecutive three-day care plans, until the patient is officially discharged. 

Think of the NOA as a one-time notification that essentially replaces the need for repeated submissions for each care plan. Most home health care software systems include a feature to handle NOA submissions as they’re considered a standard type of claim.