Corporate Compliance

Note: Physician supervision and H.R. 6376

Medicare Insider, October 26, 2010

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Editor’s note: Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, regulatory specialist for HCPro, Inc., is the author of this week’s note from the instructor.

It was a relatively quite week again for CMS as we wait for the OPPS final rule to be announced. In that announcement, we will found out what the decision will be regarding direct physician supervision and the proposed new category of “non-surgical extended duration therapeutic services” for all hospitals. In a related topic, on October 7th the AHA sent a letter to Congress supporting a bill that would provide hospitals relief from CMS’ regulations covering direct supervision of outpatient therapeutic services. Remember that in CY 2009 and CY2010, major changes and clarifications were announced in the Federal Register regarding direct supervision – some of which were to the providers’ advantage and some continued to add to the confusion of how we had interpreted the prior regulations.

Continue reading Debbie's note on the MedicareMentor Blog.



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