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Finally CMS Proposes Elimination of Required Paperwork

Updated: Aug 6, 2018


As a therapist practicing in skilled nursing facilities, I can vouch that Functional Limitation Reporting is time consuming at best.


With that said, in comes CMS with a shocker...


After a five-year experiment with Functional Limitation Reporting, CMS is proposing to retire the requirement in 2019 for Part B services. Representatives from CMS stated the following during their annual Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM), “the functional reporting requirements for outpatient therapy services are overly complex and burdensome. We reviewed and analyzed the data internally but did not find them particularly useful (re: only 36 percent of the episodes reported discharge data) in considering how to reform payment for therapy services as an alternative to the therapy caps.” Well colleagues, at least one needless form of required documentation is gone and many more need to go. Just image how much faster our patients would recover if we could spend more time focusing on direct patient care instead of unnecessary paperwork set forth by CMS and other payor sources.


What other forms of documentation could CMS eliminate that would result in more patient treatment time?


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