Documentation: A look ahead

Saturday, January 31, 2009

YARMOUTH, Maine--The rehab industry has begun discussing developing standardized medical records for power mobility devices, according to Pride Mobility’s Seth Johnson. “It’s a conversation we’ve been having internally within our different coalitions and councils,” said Johnson, vice president of government affairs. Before approaching the DME MACs, however, the rehab industry must wait, Johnson says, until physicians have a firmer grasp on the documentation requirements for power mobility devices.  In 2005, CMS began requiring physician prescriptions and medical records instead of CMNs. Standardized medical records would make documentation requirements easier to swallow for providers and physicians, and they’d help with fraud and abuse efforts, Johnson said.