I am a hospitalist and all records for my services are part of the patient's hospital record. Why do Medicare contractors send me the request for medical records and not the hospital?

Answer
Medicare contractors request medical records from the provider that billed for a service. As a reminder, hospitalist and hospitalist groups are required to adhere to all documentation requirements as are all providers.
 
When requested, a hospitalist or hospitalist group is required to obtain and furnish documentation to support services billed to Medicare even if that means the hospitalist or hospitalist group must obtain records to support billed services from the hospital or other entity where the records are maintained.

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