In February 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Patients Over Paperwork (POP) initiative. This proposal set out to reform certain documentation requirements used currently to support Medicare billing. The goal is to reduce time spent on documentation, thereby increasing the amount of time clinicians spend with their patients, and in turn improve the quality of patient care while continuing to document clinically meaningful information only. The proposal also addresses quality reporting requirements focusing on measures that most significantly impact health outcomes and support interoperability and information sharing among health care providers electronically.

In July 2018, CMS sought comment through a Request for Information asking whether providers and suppliers can and should be required to inform patients about charge and payment information for health care services and out-of-pocket costs, what data elements would be most useful to promote price shopping, and what other changes are needed to empower health care consumers (Proposed Rule).

For more information on Medicare documentation issues, please contact Linda at 781-272-8001.