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Clarification of Requirements for Off-Premises Activities and Approval of Extension Locations for Providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy (OPT) and Speech-Language Pathology Services and Off-Premises Activities
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Guidance Updated: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added guidelines to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Chapter 2 to clarify certification requirements for providers of OPTs. • Off-Premises Activity: OPTs may only provide services at off-premises locations, such as ALFs/ILFs, on an intermittent basis when there is no ongoing or permanent presence of the OPT. • Two Person Duty Requirement: We are clarifying that a patient’s room, and by extension, common areas within an assisted living facility (ALF) or independent living facility (ILF) may be considered a patient’s residence and may be exempt from the OPT two-person duty requirement. • Extension Location Approval and Administration Requirement: Extension locations may be approved when they are located outside the immediate vicinity of the primary site.