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Fort Worth Region Nurse Practitioners

Update Regarding CMS DME Face-to-Face Rule Delay

Posted almost 5 years ago by Shelagh Larson

AANP has been made aware that some NPs are experiencing difficulty when ordering DME items.   Certain DME companies are implementing the CMS rule that would require a nurse practitioner to obtain a physician's documentation on the patient's medical record that a face-to-face encounter with that patient has taken place, even thoughCMS stated in a September 9th announcement that they, "will start actively enforcing and will expect full compliance with the DME face-to-face requirements beginning on a date that will be announced in Calendar Year 2014."  A link to the full statement released by CMS on the DME face-to-face requirement rule can be found here. (see link below)

If you encounter a supplier who will not fill your DME order, please provide them with the full CMS announcement and ask that they fill your order.  Additionally, we ask that you email us at so that we can track those suppliers that are not filling DME orders provided by NPs.

AANP has worked and will continue to work with both CMS and Congress to push for a permanent delay of this burdensome regulation.  To help drive this effort, we also ask that you use the links provided to contact both your Members of Congress and CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.