Timing Therapy Orders and Notes for Medicare Patients

Please note that this article contains information that is only relevant to American clinics.


Many wonder whether outpatient rehabilitation service providers need to be timed by the physician responsible for ordering the therapy. They’re also unsure about whether the plans of care and notes written by a therapist need to be timed and dated, too. Fortunately, a recent article from Gawenda Seminars and Consulting addresses these questions.


It all boils down to the setting in which the treatment was provided. In hospital settings, you will absolutely have to date, time, and authenticate therapy orders and notes. However, in the private practice setting, there’s a bit more leniency.


Gawenda’s article states that “If you are providing outpatient therapy in a private practice, skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation agency, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility, or home health, orders are not required to be timed per the Conditions of Participation (CoP) for those practice settings.”


Since Practice Perfect EMR is geared towards private practice physicians, chances are that you won’t need to be providing timing for therapy orders.


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