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If you precept students, this CMS rule change will save you time, from Carolyn Buppert

Posted 10 months ago by Victoria Eftychiou

If you precept students, this CMS rule change will save you time
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed its requirements regarding preceptor documentation of students' work. Up until now, CMS required a preceptor to verify (personally perform) and re-document a student's history of present illness, physical exam and medical decision-making. Now, the preceptor need only "verify" the student's documentation of the components of evaluation and management services. No need to re-document. The implementation date for this policy change is March 5, 2018.
 
So, the preceptor will need to personally perform, or re-perform, enough history, exam and medical decision-making as needed to justify writing "I verify the history of present illness, physical examination, and medical decision-making the student has recorded." The preceptor may want to add information below the student's note, or add a note that the preceptor had different findings or is altering the student's plan of care.  
Posted by:  Victoria Eftychiou APN