CMS Clarifies Ordering and Certifying Documentation Maintenance Requirements
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued Chang Request 9112 that provides instructions and clarification on their existing policy for ordering and certifying documentation maintenance requirement.
On May 5, 2010, CMS issued an interim final rule (CMS-6010-IFR) and on April 27, 2012, a final rule (CMS -6010-F), that established Medicare Ordering and Referring, and Documentation Maintenance Requirements.
CMS implemented a requirement that a provider or a supplier that furnishes covered home health services, items of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS), clinical laboratory, or imaging services, is required to maintain documentation for 7 years from the date of service and, upon the request of CMS or a Medicare contractor, to provide access to that documentation. The requirement also applies to a physician who orders/certifies home health services, items of DMEPOS, clinical laboratory, or imaging services.
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