Outpatient Therapy Documentation Requirements
It is expected that patient's medical records reflect the need for care/services provided. The listing of records is not all inclusive. Providers must ensure all necessary records are submitted to support services rendered. They may include:
| Legible handwritten physician and/or clinician signatures |
| Valid electronic physician and/or clinician signatures |
|Physician or Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) order for date of service when evaluation is only service|
| Treatment encounter note for each treatment day to support services billed |
|Initial evaluation and any re-evaluations relevant to episode being reviewed|
| Plans of care |
| All progress reports since initial evaluation |
| All physician signed certifications and recertifications since initial evaluation |
| Records of patient's condition to justify |
|Discharge summary, if applicable|
|Itemization of services|
|Documentation to support indications and/or criteria as specified in Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs), National Coverage Determinations (NCDs), or coverage article for service(s) billed, if applicable|
|Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), if applicable|
Multiple CMS contractors are charged with completing reviews of medical records. See Identifying Which Entity Completed a Part A Claim Review for detailed information about each of these contractors.
Once a provider compiles all the necessary documentation, it is important to submit them to the appropriate contractor according to the request received. Select the request below to view the appropriate submission instructions.
- Noridian Medical Review: Additional Documentation Request (ADR)
- Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT): CID Request
- Level One Appeal: Redetermination Request
View the Outpatient Therapy webpage for additional information and resources.
Last Updated Feb 08, 2019
Documentation Requirements Disclaimer
The documentation requirements contents/references provided within this section were prepared as educational tools and are not intended to grant rights or impose obligations. Use of these documents are not intended to take the place of either written law or regulations.
The listing of records is not all inclusive. Providers must ensure all necessary records are submitted to support services rendered.
Important that physician intent, physician decision and physician recommendation to provide services derived clearly from the medical record and properly authenticated.
The submission of these records shall not guarantee payment as all applicable coverage requirements must be met.