CMS Billing Guidelines and Student Documentation: a New Era or New Burden?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently revised their Medicare Claims Processing Manual with the addition of CR 10412, a provision that permits teaching providers to fully bill for medical student notes. This change will have significant implications on the documentation duties of teaching physicians and trainees. Potential benefits of this provision include reduced documentation burden on house officers, improved medical student empowerment, and the infusion of more original content into the electronic medical record. However, these benefits may be offset by shifting the burden of documentation onto medical students, which may compromise their time spent with patients and overall wellness. In this perspective, we review the changes that occurred with CR 10412 and their potential impact on documentation across the medical education spectrum.
KEY WORDSmedical education direct patient care resident training electronic medical record
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- 1.https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10412.pdf (accessed December 11, 2018).