[Editor's Note: This article, updated October 11, 2013, replaces a previous version, "Deadline on Hold for Requirement to Meet Face-to-Face With Patients Before Ordering DME," published September 19, 2013.]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced further delay in enforcement of the new Medicare durable medical equipment "face-to-face" encounter requirement for certain items of DME. The Affordable Care Act requires that a physician must document that a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or clinical nurse specialist has had a face-to-face encounter with the patient within 6 months before the order is written for the DME. CMS said it will announce the new enforcement date in calendar year 2014, and suppliers and physicians who are currently implementing the face-to-face requirement should continue to do so.
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