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PDPM ADR Checklist

CGS recommends providers organize the medical documentation in the order indicated below. This will assist CGS in reviewing your documentation more efficiently, and will expedite the review process. Please ensure the documentation is submitted within 45 days of the Additional Documentation Request (ADR). If the documentation has not been received, the claim will automatically deny on the 46th day for non-receipt of documentation.

Providers should submit all documentation that is pertinent to support the medical necessity of services for the billing period being reviewed. Ensure services billed are coded accurately for the service provided and the documentation supports those services. This may include documentation that is prior to the review period. Please note that the most common reason for overturned appeals are due to providers submitting new documentation upon the appeal that was omitted with the initial submission of medical records.

*Please include the beneficiary name and date of service on all documentation and include an abbreviation key (if applicable). Documentation must be legible and complete (including signature(s) and date(s)). If you question the legibility of your signature, you may submit a signature log or an attestation statement.

The Checklist below is intended to be utilized by providers as a reference when responding to Additional Documentation Requests (ADR) to ensure each claim meets the policy requirements prior to the ADR submission. Please submit all documentation as required in the LCD or NCD if applicable and in accordance with the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual. It is the responsibility of the provider to submit complete and accurate documentation per the regulatory guidelines for each claim. Ensure the documentation submitted belongs solely to the intended beneficiary and documentation of another beneficiary is not present within any aspect of the medical record.

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Ensure documentation is included to support that the services were reasonable and medical necessity for all dates of services (DOS) billed. Ensure the discipline notes are individualized for each beneficiary and paint a picture of the current functional status of the patient, his/her capabilities, and the active care/treatment the patient is receiving to support the need for acute, daily skilled care. Avoid using only checked boxes on assessments (which makes it difficult to determine the need for skilled care) and include individualized, comprehensive notes to support the need or continued need for skilled services.

Ensure Documentation includes:

  • Completed Certification/Recertification inclusive of an estimation of how much time is required for skilled services
  • Documentation to support the services are reasonable and medically necessary for daily skilled services that can only be provided on an inpatient basis in a SNF
  • SNF admission order
  • SNF H&P
  • Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) progress notes
  • Nursing summaries¬†
  • Social service notes
  • Medication Administration Record (MAR)
  • Treatment Administration Record (TAR)
  • Order for interdisciplinary therapies
  • Interdisciplinary evaluations and minutes for each therapy billed
  • Hospital D/C Summary
  • SNF Minimum Data Set (MDS) in the national repository
    • Ensure the HIPPS on the MDS submitted to the repository is the same HIPPS billed on the claim
  • Consistent documentation between the medical record and MDS submitted that supports the HIPPS code billed
    • The medical review department is frequently finding discrepancies between the coding of items on the MDS and the supportive documentation of these findings are missing from medical record submitted ¬†
      • (e.g., Comorbid diagnosis submitted on MDS but documentation not found within the medical record to support MDS findings)
      • (e.g., Level of function coded on MDS GG section not reflected in the documentation submitted)

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Providers may include an outline or cover letter with their documentation. This can be used by CGS Medical Review staff as an Index, and prove very helpful to provide the location of key documentation that supports payment of the claim. However, the cover letter cannot be used as documentation, and the documentation must support the contents of the cover letter in order to be useful.

In addition, providers may use brackets, such as [ ] or { }, asterisks (*) or underlined text in the documentation to draw the reviewer's attention to important information. However, notations should not alter, or give the appearance of altering, the documentation. The use of a highlighter is not recommended as documentation may not be legible.

We encourage all CGS providers to utilize myCGS Portal, a free service available 24/7, which offers access to beneficiary eligibility, claim and payment information, forms allowing you to submit redetermination requests, and respond to Medical Review Additional Documentation Requests (ADRs) and much more. Please enroll for myCGS if you have not already done so.

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