Serra Schlanger Quoted in “Stakeholders Question Whether Physician Templates Can Temper Face-to-Face Documentation Burdens”

Homecare DIRECTION

Serra J. Schlanger, an Associate in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Homecare DIRECTION, in “Stakeholders Question Whether Physician Templates Can Temper Face-to-Face Documentation Burdens.”

Following is an excerpt:

“[The] frustration echoed in the open door forum calls I've listened to is that there’s always the balance of how to tell physicians [they] need to document in different ways, and … the templates still don’t fully address what will be considered sufficient documentation,” says Serra J. Schlanger, Esq., associate in the healthcare and life sciences practice in the Washington, D.C., office of Epstein Becker & Green, PC, a national law firm. “How much information is really going to be enough is still going to be the ongoing question.” …

Although CMS touts the revised requirements as simplified, Schlanger says this claim is overstated and might have initially confused some agencies.

“CMS made a great deal out of saying, ‘We’re getting rid of the narrative,’ and … I think while that’s technically accurate, [it] might have given some providers a false sense of what is going to be required,” she explains. “The same kind of information is still required now—it’s just in a different place.”