CMS Introduces an Electronic Clinical Template for Physician Face-to-Face Documentation
April 23, 2014 04:34 PM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a Special Open Door Forum that introduced participants to a suggested Electronic Clinical Template for the home health face-to-face encounter documentation.
The initiative is from of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework. The S&I Framework is responsible for developing standard electronic data sets for electronic medical records.
According to the presenters, the template is not intended to be mandatory for physicians, but is a data set that, when completed, will provide information required to satisfy the home health face-to-face encounter requirements. In addition, the completed evaluation will be a part of the medical record.
A PowerPoint presentation, which described an overview of the project, was the focus of the Open Door Forum with no discussion of the contents contained within the actual template itself. The template is several pages long - with many questions that require a description of the patient’s condition. It is doubtful that physicians will be any more receptive to the template than they are now to completing a narrative that describes the patient’s clinical condition to support skilled services and homebound status.
The workgroup is still developing the template and will be conducting webinars and teleconference calls on the initiative every Wednesday from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET.
The calls are open the public and can be accessed here.
Additionally, CMS will be hosting a series of Special Open Door Forum calls to provide an opportunity for physicians, home health agencies and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback on the suggested Electronic Clinical Template face-to-face for possible nationwide use.
All ODF calls are from 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET on the following dates:
Thursday, May 8th
Thursday, June 19th
Wednesday, July 16th
NAHC will be participating on the calls and will keep members informed of the developments.
Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation and the suggested clinical template.