signing orders

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beebradley
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Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:28 pm

Hi! Can an order for DME Rx (CPAP supplies/equipment(mask)) be placed and signed by a sleep educator or must it be signed by a physician? Would it be ok for physician to just review and say approved. All of this would be documented in EMR. Thanks!
Bill_Wong
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Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:03 pm

Hello beebradley,

Check with your local MAC. But in general, it looks like it is possible. According to this article from CGS Medicare, this can be done. The excerpt is on p.3-4 under Detailed Written Orders. I have attached the full article for your review.
DETAILED WRITTEN ORDERS
A detailed written order (DWO) is required before billing. Someone other than the prescribing
practitioner may produce the DWO. However, the prescribing practitioner must review the content
and sign and date the document. It must contain:
• The beneficiary's name.
• The prescribing practitioner’s name.
• The date of the order.
• All items, options or additional features that are separately billed or require an upgraded
code. The description can be either a narrative description (e.g., lightweight wheelchair
base), a HCPCS code, a HCPCS code narrative, or a brand name/model number.
• The prescribing practitioner’s signature and signature date.
I hope this helps.

Bill
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Bill Wong, CHC, CHPC, CCS, CPC, CPMA, CDEO
Corporate Compliance Analyst
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle, WA
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