I found this -- perhaps this is what they are basing their 6 month visit on:
"Section 6407 of the ACA established a face-to-face encounter requirement for certain items of DME. The law requires that a physician must document that a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or clinical nurse specialist has had a face-to-face encounter with the patient. The encounter must occur within the 6 months before the order is written for the DME."
I did find that I am in a Medicare competitive bid area; and my DME is on the competitive bid winner list.
@me50: I too find that very few doctors have a real nurse these days. The process for becoming a nurse has become long and difficult. Most doc's employ medical assistants who likely went to a trade school. Some medical assistants are better than others -- in fact some are quite good.
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To answer your other question, From what I have read here on the board, any doc can write a prescription for your supplies, you don't necessarily need to go to a sleep doc.
Hang in there for more answers to your questions.
Well, most DMEs consider a 'script' to be good for 12 months. Read the wording carefully, it does not say you must see your doc every six months, just that you need a face-to-face within 6 months of a script being written.
FYI? My pain MGNT doc wrote my current script that Supplier #1
has on file for supplies and such...
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