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Hello! We are trying to locate the exact place where the phrase "all notes must stand alone" comes from. Is it a CMS directive? We have been unable to find anything while searching their website. Thank you in advance for any guidance and/or direction you can give.
I'm not sure if I've ever seen it documented in payer guidelines but rather the philosophy is of 'best practice'. When a payer requests documentation for a specific DOS that's all that is forwarded and reviewed. That is why documentation must stand alone as that is all they will see to support the billing for that DOS.