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CMS Delays Face-To-Face Requirement for DME Prescriptions
Compliance deadline for providers postponed until 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed for a second time the requirement that medical professionals document face-to-face meetings with patients before prescribing certain durable medical equipment (DME). The 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule required physicians and other medical personnel to document face-to-face encounters within the six months preceding prescription of certain DME items. Originally scheduled to take effect July 1, the requirement was then delayed to Oct. 1. This month, CMS again postponed the effective date until sometime in 2014, with the actual date to be announced later. According to a Sept. 9 CMS notice, the delayed enforcement will allow DME suppliers and physicians more time to prepare and comply. CMS plans to address questions and provide updates at