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CMS Streamlines Order Requirements, Effective Immediately


As of January 1, 2020, all DMEPOS Medicare claims will only require one type of order known as the Standard Written Order (SWO) requirements. The SWO will replace the following types of orders: preliminary/dispensing order, Detailed Written Order (DWO), Five Element Order (5EO)/Written Order Prior to Delivery (WOPD), Seven Element Order (7EO), and Detailed Product Description (DPD). SWOs must include the following elements:

The SWO is intended to reduce supplier burden by unifying written order/prescription elements for all DMEPOS items. However, the required timeline of the orders will continue to differ depending on the item. The DME MACs are still in the process of updating all resources regarding this change. You can find Noridian’s announcement here

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