• CMS Allows Physician Assistants to Perform SNF Level of Care Certification and Recertifications

    Monday February 13, 2012

    On January 13, 2012 CMS published a pair of transmittals that revise Chapter 8, section 40.1 of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual to add physician assistants to the list of practitioners that can perform the required initial certification and periodic recertifications of the need for skilled nursing facility (SNF) level of care. 

    On January 13, 2012 CMS   issued Transmittal 153, entitled -"Allowing Physician Assistants to Perform Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Level of Care Certifications and Recertifications".  The transmittal provides guidance on the ability of physician assistants to perform level of care certifications and recertifications in skilled nursing facilities. The guidance implements Section 3108 of the Affordable Care Act.  According the guidance, a physician assistant may now perform the certification or recertification if the physician assistant collaborates with the physician but does not have a direct or indirect employment relationship with the facility.  

                                                                                           

    Please review the following two attachments for details.

    Physician Assistants January 13, 2012

    Physician Assistants Flyer

     

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