Frequently Asked Questions


How is the Therapy Progress Report different than the Treatment Encounter Note and what information should it contain?

The Progress Report provides justification for the medical necessity of treatment. For Medicare payment purposes, information required in Progress Reports should be provided at least once every 10 treatment days, or once during the treatment interval of 1 month or 30 calendar days, whichever is less. Objective measures of progress should be included when available. A treatment note justifies the billing for each treatment day. See FAQ ID#7102. It may also (at the clinician’s option) include information required for the Progress Report. Note: Documentation requirements apply to all outpatient therapy services regardless of therapy caps. If the Treatment Notes completed during the Progress Report period are have sufficient information to fulfill the requirements of the Progress Report, that information does not have to be re-written into a Progress Report at the end of the reporting period.

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