Dispensing Order vs. Written Order

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There are a few differences between a dispensing order and a written order. DME items may be dispensed upon a verbal or written dispensing order as long as a detailed written order (DWO) is obtained by the DME supplier prior to claim submission. 

For Medicare purposes, it is generally understood that most DME can be dispensed upon the receipt of a dispensing order from a physician. It can be verbal or written. It must include: a description of the item, name of the beneficiary, name of the prescribing physician, date of the order, and a signature (of the physician if written and of the DME supplier if verbal). 

A DWO must be obtained prior to billing a claim to Medicare. The DWO must contain the name of the beneficiary, date of the order, and a description of the items (by HCPCS code narrative or brand name/model number).

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