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(July 2018 – Joanne – Rehab Director)
Q: Where exactly can I find where the OT/PT/SLP need to have their plan of care signed by the physician when treating under Medicare Part A? Does the Medicare Certification cover this?
(June 2018 – Kris – PT Manager)
Q: What is the rule/regulation regarding SNF setting and 3 days not being seen? What I’d like to clarify is if a patient is on PT and OT in a SNF, and a holiday falls on a Monday- would a PT and OT need to treat that person either on the holiday Monday, or once during the weekend to avoid 3 days of not being seen? Could only 1 discipline treat during that 3 day time or are all disciplines needed to treat?
(May 2018 – Valerie – Compliance)
Q: Regarding point of service documentation: Is it with-in reason to document during the patient’s rest breaks and shortly following the session in order to complete the visit and the documentation? Is this considered billable time? What about documenting an evaluation with several goals? If these goals are documented while the therapist and patient, and/or family members are developing the care plan together, would this be considered billable documentation time? Is there guidance on therapy documentation and billable time?
(April 2018 – Shelley – Manager)
Q: Do you feel the repeal of the cap has changed the use of the ABN’s?
(March 2018 – Lori DOR)
Q: Will only documenting total treatment minutes and CPT codes for each visit pass an audit for Medicare Part A? Where does it say that daily notes are needed for Part A?
(February 2018 -Geoff, PT Manager)
Q: Can you provide the latest update regarding the therapy cap and medical review process?
(February 2018 – Jen, Rehab Manager)
Q: Can our therapy orders have a frequency range? For example, 5-6 days per week? Our facility does this to allow flexibility with weekend coverage.
(January 2018 – Valerie – Auditor)
2 Part Therapy Cap Question:
Q1: When a patient is being seen under Part B in a SNF, if they meet their cap, is the documentation more likely to be scrutinized?
Q2: How does a clinician know when they are treating a patient beyond their cap?
(January 2018 – Donna PT- DOR)
Q: Can PTA’s and COTA’s write notes for patients on Med B?
(December 2017 – Kelly, DOR)
Q: For Medicare Part A, what are the rules for moving an ARD and for Grace Days? If a RUG is not met on the last ARD date, but was met the day before, can it be moved back a day or is this backdating?
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