Can Non-Physicians Order Surgical Dressings? In many cases, the answer is “Yes!”
When surgical dressings are dispensed to a patient, a Standard Written Order (SWO) must be completed by the ordering practitioner. This SWO may be completed by physicians and, in some cases, non-physicians.
Surgical dressings may be ordered by the following physician types practicing within their scope of practice when that scope of practice includes ordering surgical dressings:
Doctor of medicine
Doctor of osteopathy
Doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine
Doctor of podiatric medicine
Doctor of optometry
Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists
Nurse practitioners and or clinical nurse specialists may provide the SWO if all of the following criteria are met:
They are treating the beneficiary for the condition for which the item is needed
They are practicing independently of a physician
They bill Medicare for other covered services using their own provider number
They are permitted to do all of the above in the State in which the services are rendered.
Physician assistants may provide the SWO if all of the following criteria are met:
Dr. Lehrman is in private practice in Fort Collins, CO and operates Lehrman Consulting, LLC. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and is recognized as a “Master” by the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management and an Expert Panelist on Codingline. In his role as a Consultant to the APMA Health Policy and Practice Department, Dr. Lehrman serves as an advisor to the APMA Coding Committee and the APMA MACRA Task Force. Dr. Lehrman sits on the board of directors of both the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. He is also on the editorial advisory board of the journal WOUNDS.