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.