Bill would expand who can document face-to-face exam

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON – Tucked into a new bill is a provision that would expand who can document face-to-face exams for DME to include nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Jim McDermott, D-Wash., on Tuesday introduced H.R. 1021, the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA) of 2015. The bill also seeks to, among other things, remove Social Security numbers from Medicare beneficiary cards, and increase outreach and education for providers by Medicare contractors and other program integrity efforts.