OIG Recommendations Support VNAA's Advocacy on Face-to-Face Documentation
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

On April 10, the Office of the Inspector General issued a report regarding face-to-face documentation compliance. Their findings directly support VNAA’s recent recommendations for change noting that CMS should:

  • Consider requiring a standardized form to ensure that physicians include all elements required for the face-to-face documentation,
  • Develop a specific strategy to communicate directly with physicians about the face-to­-face requirement, and
  • Develop other oversight mechanisms for the face-to-face requirement.

VNAA identified problems with face-to-face documentation as top priority in a March 26 meeting held with high level officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Difficulties with physician narratives and burdensome audits by Medicare Administrative Contractors were a hot topic at VNAA's Annual Meeting April 1-4 in Nevada. An all members strategy briefing Public Policy Conference call on this issue is set for April 30 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. To read the full report, click here.

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