The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is exploring the development of a list of suggested clinical elements for an electronic clinical template that will assist providers with documenting the physician notes that substantiate the need for a lower-limb prosthesis. This template may also facilitate the electronic submission of medical documentation.
CMS is planning to host a series of special Open Door Forum (ODF) calls to provide an opportunity for suppliers and physicians to provide feedback on the development of a template for possible nationwide use. At the conclusion of the ODF calls, CMS said it plans to forward the resulting list of clinical elements to the electronic Determination of Coverage (eDoC) workgroup, which was established as a cross-initiative work effort focused on giving practitioners access to payer-approved tools such as structured templates for documentation, decision support systems, and standards-based exchange of information between providers and payers.
To read the Lower Limb Prosthesis Suggested Electronic Clinical Template, or for details on the forthcoming ODF schedule, visit the CMS website.