Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy Services 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:

Check Brief Description
  Physician/Non Physician Practitioner (NPP) order or evidence of intent to order
  Medical records to support medical necessity
  • Support LCD and NCD requirements
  • Prior course of treatment
  • Surgical intervention
  • Evaluation
  Practitioner, nurse, and ancillary progress notes
  • Consult
  • HBO clinic notes
  • Prior to starting HBO
  Treatment plan
  • Atmospheric pressure
  • Frequency and number of dives
  • Evaluation of progress
  Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) dive logs
  Wound care notes
  • Wound measurements
  • Measurable signs of healing
  Diabetic lower extremity wounds
  • Wagner grade classification
  • Diagnostic testing to support Wagner grade
  • Support for no measurable healing for 30 consecutive days
  • Wound evaluation every 30 days
  • Assessment of vascular status
  • Optimization of nutrition
  • Support for off-loading
  • Support debridement
  Itemization of services
  Advance Beneficiary Notice
  Signature log or signature attestation for any missing or illegible signatures within the medical record (all personnel providing services)
  Facility process of how electronic signature is created if using electronic health record

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.

Documentation Submission

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.

View the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) webpage for additional information and resources.


Last Updated Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:25:06 +0000

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.