Decoding the Standard Written Order (SWO)

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On January, 1 2020, CMS made it effective that only one type of order is needed for DMEPOS claims, in an effort to help reduce supplier and provider burden. As such, the preliminary/dispensing order, Detailed Written Order (DWO), Five Element Order (5EO)/Written Order Prior to Delivery (WOPD), Seven Element Order (7EO), and Detailed Product Description (DPD) are no longer needed for DMEPOS and have been replaced by a Standard Written Order (SWO).

However, with this publication came many questions and unclear guidelines. Providers were timid to make any changes to their documentation. 

The van Halem Group has been working with industry stakeholders and the DME MACs to understand the new requirements and make sense of it all. In a recent blog, they provided answers to the following questions:

  • Is a Dispensing Order still required?
  • How often should a new order be obtained?
  • What are the specifics on utilization and reimbursement?
  • What about the items on the ACA list?
  • Can we really eliminate the DPD?
  • What do we do now?

Click here to read the full article from The van Halem Group.

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