certificate of medical necessity
(2) Certificates of medical necessity (A) Limitation on information provided by suppliers on certificates of medical necessity (i) In general Effective 60 days after October 31, 1994 , a supplier of medical equipment and supplies may distribute to physicians, or to individuals entitled to benefits under this part, a certificate of medical necessity for commercial purposes which contains no more than the following information completed by the supplier: (I) An identification of the supplier and the beneficiary to whom such medical equipment and supplies are furnished. (II) A description of such medical equipment and supplies. (III) Any product code identifying such medical equipment and supplies. (IV) Any other administrative information (other than information relating to the beneficiary’s medical condition) identified by the Secretary. (ii) Information on payment amount and charges If a supplier distributes a certificate of medical necessity containing any of the information permitted to be supplied under clause (i), the supplier shall also list on the certificate of medical necessity the fee schedule amount and the supplier’s charge for the medical equipment or supplies being furnished prior to distribution of such certificate to the physician. (iii) Penalty Any supplier of medical equipment and supplies who knowingly and willfully distributes a certificate of medical necessity in violation of clause (i) or fails to provide the information required under clause (ii) is subject to a civil money penalty in an amount not to exceed $1,000 for each such certificate of medical necessity so distributed. The provisions of section 1320a–7a of this title (other than subsections (a) and (b)) shall apply to civil money penalties under this subparagraph in the same manner as they apply to a penalty or proceeding under section 1320a–7a(a) of this title . (B) “Certificate of medical necessity” defined For purposes of this paragraph, the term “certificate of medical necessity” means a form or other document containing information required by the carrier to be submitted to show that an item is reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury or to improve the functioning of a malformed body member.