Corporate Compliance

Note: CMS clarifies "immediate availability" and identifies supervisory practitioner qualifications for both diagnostic and therapeutic outpatient hospital services

Medicare Insider, June 15, 2010

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Editor’s note: Judith Kares, JD, CPC, regulatory specialist for HCPro, Inc., is the author of this week’s note from the instructor.

Last week we discussed CMS’ clarifications regarding supervision requirements for hospital diagnostic and therapeutic services.  In particular, we reviewed guidance set out in transmittal R128BP regarding supervision requirements for hospital diagnostic tests when performed by non-physician practitioners.  This week we will focus on additional CMS clarifications set out in that transmittal that further define the term "immediate availability" and identify the credentials, knowledge, skills, ability, and privileges that the supervisory practitioner must possess in order to be qualified to supervise or perform a given service or procedure.

Continue reading Judith's note on the MedicareMentor Blog.



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