The Insurance Subcommittee (ISC) of the ACR’s Committee on Rheumatologic Care (CORC) has recently received a number of reports from members regarding denials for biologics for patients not on methotrexate. To help avoid an often-lengthy appeals process, the ACR/ARHP recommends that members document a patient’s history of methotrexate intolerance or contraindication at every visit.
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What to Document
At minimum, documentation of each patient encounter should include:
- The reason for the visit;
- The relevant history;
- Physical exam findings;
- Prior diagnostic test results;
- Assessment, clinical impression or diagnosis; and
- Plan of care.
The patient’s progress and response to and changes in treatment(s) and revisions should also be documented.
Some of these areas may be adjusted to account for the varying circumstances encountered by the provider at each visit, but it is important to ensure the necessary documentation is in the patient’s medical record to support the level of care.