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Physician Documentation Requirements

Hospital Beds

  • Detailed Written Order That Contains:
    • Patient's Name
    • Detailed Description of the Item(s) to Be Ordered
    • Length of Need the Patient Will Require the Item(s)
    • Physician's Printed Name
    • Physician's NPI
    • Physician's Signature
    • Physician's Date of Signature
  • Face-to-face evaluation dated within 6 months of the detailed written order documenting:
    • Patient's diagnoses or conditions that warrant the medical necessity of the item
    • All Hospital Beds: Patient meets one or more of the following
      • The patient has a medical condition which requires positioning of the body in ways not feasible with an ordinary bed. Elevation of the head/upper body less than 30 degrees does not usually require the use of a hospital bed, (or)
      • The patient requires positioning of the body in ways not feasible with an ordinary bed in order to alleviate pain, (or)
      • The patient requires the head of the bed to be elevated more than 30 degrees most of the time due to congestive heart failure, chronic pulmonary disease, or problems with aspiration, (or)
      • The patient requires traction equipment, which can only be attached to a hospital bed.
    • Semi-Electric Hospital Beds: Patient must meet one criteria from the list above AND one of the following)
      • Patient requires frequent changes in body position, (and/or)
      • Patient has an immediate need for a change in body position.

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