CMS issues face-to-face reminder to docs

Thursday, February 27, 2014

BALTIMORE – CMS has released a “Dear Physician” letter reminding doctors they must conduct face-to-face examinations within six months of ordering certain DME items prescribed on or after July 1, 2013. CMS has repeatedly delayed enforcement of the face-to-face rule, but not the written order prior to delivery requirement. In the Feb. 21 letter, CMS said face-to-face examinations are necessary in the following cases: for purchases and initial rentals; when there is a change in the order; when an item is replaced; when the supplier changes; when state law requires it; and on a regular basis only when specified in documentation. It also outlined prescription, and date and timing requirements.