Outpatient Therapy Documentation Requirements - JF Part B
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:
|Beneficiary identification, date of service, and provider of the service should be clearly identified on each page of the submitted documentation|
|Date the beneficiary started therapy|
|PT/OT/SLP – Initial evaluation, plan of care, progress reports, treatment encounter notes, therapy minute logs, and discharge summary|
|Initial evaluation/re-evaluation signed by ordering physician or practitioner|
|Initial Certificate of Medical Necessity (CMN) and any recertification and/or revised CMNs
(Required for dates of service prior to January 1, 2023 only)
|Signed and dated overall plan of care including, short and long term goals with any updates to the plan of care|
|Physician/Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) certification of Plan of Care for Claim Period Including Justification when the Certification is Delayed More than 30 Days|
|Proof of attempts if the required physician certification statement could not be obtained|
|Prior Level of Function (PLOF)|
|Progress reports written by the clinician-services related to progress reports are to be furnished on or before every 10th treatment day|
|For all therapy services rendered submit attendance/treatment records for the claim period - must include total treatment time and identify each specific skilled modality provided|
|Documentation to support continued medical need|
|Documentation supporting the diagnosis code(s) required for the item(s) billed|
|Documentation to support the code(s) and modifier(s) billed|
|List of all non-standard abbreviations or acronyms used, including definitions|
|Any other supporting/pertinent documentation|
|Signature and credentials of all personnel providing services. Include a signature log or signature attestation for any missing or illegible signatures within the medical record|
|If an electronic health record is utilized, include your facility’s process of how the electronic signature is created. Include an example of how the electronic signature displays once signed by the physician|
|Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-Coverage (ABN)/Notice of Medicare Non-Coverage (NOMNC)|
Multiple CMS contractors are charged with completing reviews of medical records. See Identifying Which Entity Completed a Part B 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 - Automated Development System (ADS) Letter
- Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) - CID Request
- Level One Appeal - Redetermination Request
View the Outpatient Therapy webpage for more information and resources.
Last Updated Thu, 01 Dec 2022 20:38:30 +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.