Starting October 1st, new Medicare regulations will require nurse practitioners to obtain a physician's documentation that a face-to-face encounter with a patient has taken place within the six months prior to the order of certain durable medical equipment (DME). If allowed to go into effect, this burdensome documentation requirement will increase the cost of patient care and lead to unnecessary and unsafe delays in obtaining needed care for Medicare patients. Action must be taken before October 1st to stop enforcement of these restrictive rules and preserve patient access to the medical equipment they need!
Create more reasonable requirements by decreasing the list of durable medical equipment that require a documentation of the face to face visit.
Revise the requirement that a physician must document on the patient's medical record that the face to face visit has occurred.
Ask them to explain to CMS the disruptions in care this regulation will cause to your constituents who choose to receive care from a nurse practitioner. Click here for further information or to edit a pre-drafted letter to send to your members of Congress today.
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