Changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Regulations as Promulgated by the CMS
Based on the email we have received and the statistical breakdown of the articles read by viewers of our Web site, we are starting a new column to get information to our readers re the latest regulatory changes to the Medicare and Medicaid regulations. We will be constantly adding to this column the new regulations promulgated by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The column will also contain sources where you can get further information about the regulation cited. Some of this information will also be integrated into the articles we have written. Our hope is that this will keep you better informed on issue related to Medicare. This column will appear every 4th day.
March 23, 2004: Number 4: According to a CMS transmittal, a Medicare beneficiary undergoing outpatient physical therapy, speech-language pathology services and outpatient occupational therapy must see a physician or nonphysician practitioner within 60 days after the therapy begins and every 30 days, thereafter. The 60 day period begins with the therapist's initial encounter with the patient. The initial encounter should occur in a timely manner after the physician's referral. In addition, the timing of recertification and visit requirements should coincide. (See: www.cms.hhs.gov/manuals/pm_trans/r5bp.pdf)
March 27, 2004: Number 5: During the 2003 legislative session, 17 states introduced legislation related to patient safety, quality improvement of healthcare delivery or both. These states were Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.
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Harold Rubin, MS, ABD, CRC, Guest Lecturer
March 16, 2004
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