The final week of “practice” functional limitation reporting is beginning. For providers who have been reporting with no problems, you are relieved to know that you can just continue with patients after July 1st in the normal progress reporting periods. For providers that used the practice period from January 1st through the end of this week to tweek errors and problems, you are likely relieved that your EMR and your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), billing system and/or clearinghouse have worked out all the kinks.
If you haven’t started functional limitation reporting there is a lot of work to do over the next week. 1) Therapists review and master the documentation requirements tied to functional limitation reporting including long term functional goals, selecting a single composite functional assessment instrument (such as FOTO), or varied instruments such as the DASH, Berg, LEFS, or Tinetti, and then assess impairment current and goal levels. 2) Therapy and billing staff understand the use of the G codes to report functional limitations and the associated impairment modifiers and when and how they must appear on claims (with supported documentation in the medical record.
The CMS update on functional limitation reproting requirements can be found in the June 18th blog post.