CMS Modifies 60-Day Limit For Substitute Billing (Locum Tenens) Arrangements

April 24, 2020

On April 21, 2020, CMS also modified the locum tenens requirements to allow a physician or physical therapist to use the same substitute for the entire time he or she is unavailable to provide services during the COVID-19 emergency plus an additional period of no more than 60 continuous days after the public health emergency expires. On the 61st day after the public health emergency ends (or earlier if desired), the regular physician or physical therapist must use a different substitute or return to work in his or her practice for at least one day in order to reset the 60-day clock. Please see the Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers for CMS’ additional instructions regarding this modification.

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