The second phase, which has yet to be enforced, will require suppliers to obtain a copy of the documented face-to-face encounter to qualify the patient for each piece of DME. When enforced the face-to-face chart notes will have to be date stamped prior to delivery. The first phase began enforcement for written orders dated on and after January 1, 2014. However, we are still operating under an undetermined delay for Phase 2. The industry speculated that after the passing of MACRA, CMS had cleared the way to begin enforcement of Phase 2. However, in the most recent update CMS stated that they “will not start actively enforcing or expect full compliance with the DME face-to-face requirements until further notice.”
While the industry waits for additional guidance on enforcement of the second phase, suppliers should continue to prepare by improving intake protocols and capturing required documentation while the quid-pro-quo with the physician still exists. MiraVista contends that suppliers stand to gain the most by communicating with referral sources when the information is fresh in their minds. Proper screening and a solid understanding of documentation requirements enables suppliers to secure reimbursement up front, verses chasing it down the road.
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