On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new regulations regarding the use of PA student medical record documentation for billing purposes.
CMS no longer requires that clinicians serving as preceptors reperform student-provided documentation. Preceptors may verify (sign and date) student documentation beginning on January 1, 2020. This makes the role of preceptors significantly easier as they will be able to spend more time teaching than redocumenting. Students will also benefit from increased experience with electronic health records, which will better prepare them for practice.
All physician, PA, and APRN preceptors will be allowed to verify medical record documentation provided by PA students. It is important to note that there are no restrictions on the verification of student-provided documentation on the basis of profession (i.e., a preceptor does not have to be a PA in order to verify the documentation of a PA student).
This change represents a significant reduction in the administrative burden associated with training PA students and will allow more time to be spent on student mentorship, direct patient care, and other clinical responsibilities.
For questions regarding this change in CMS policy, please contact PAEA Senior Director of Government Relations Tyler Smith at tsmith@PAEAonline.org.