Last Modified: 6/12/2020
Location: FL, PR, USVI
Business: Part A, Part B
Q: Does Medicare require a prescription/order for therapy and the plan of care to be signed by the physician?
A: An order for therapy services, if it is documented in the medical record, provides evidence of both the need for care and that the patient is under the care of a physician. However, the plan of care differs in that the plan must be certified. For example, if during the course of treatment -- under a certified plan of care -- a physician sends an order for continued treatment for two more weeks, then the order is acceptable as a certification to continue treatment for that time period under that plan of care, which is considered to be separate.
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