On May 2, 2008 CMS issued a policy update regarding services provided incident to the services of a physician/non physician practitioner. The purpose of the publication was to clarify policies related to Part B Services provided incident to the services of physicians. The publication clarifies common incident to issues such as the documentation required to authorize the incident to service, the supervision requirements for incident to services and the documentation requirements regarding the professional title of the person providing the service. Additional information regarding the policy update is available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Transmittals/downloads/R87BP.pdf.

Paul Welk