Below is the Medicare required CMN Tens Supplies form for getting monthly kits for the chronic pain patient. MedFaxx will send this form to the patient or the physician office for completion so each patient can receive free montly tens supplies in the monthly kit(s). Once completed MedFaxx will begin shipping montly supplies to your home or office. Call MedFaxx at 800-937-3993 for more details. We use this form constantly and can help any patient or physician office complete the form.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Form Approved
CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES OMB No. 0938-0679
CERTIFICATE OF MEDICAL NECESSITY
CMS-848 — TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATOR (TENS)
SECTION A Certification Type/Date: INITIAL ___/___/___ REVISED ___/___/___ RECERTIFICATION___/___/___
PATIENT NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE and HIC NUMBER
(__ __ __) __ __ __ - __ __ __ __ HICN _______________________
SUPPLIER NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE and NSC or applicable
NPI NUMBER/LEGACY NUMBER
(__ __ __) __ __ __ - __ __ __ __ NSC or NPI #_________________
PLACE OF SERVICE______________ HCPCS CODE PT
DOB ____/____/____ Sex ____ (M/F) Ht. ____(in) Wt ____(lbs.)
NAME and ADDRESS of FACILITY
if applicable (see reverse)
PHYSICIAN NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE and applicable
NPI NUMBER or UPIN
(__ __ __) __ __ __ - __ __ __ __ UPIN or NPI #_________________
SECTION B Information in this Section May Not Be Completed by the Supplier of the Items/Supplies.
EST. LENGTH OF NEED (# OF MONTHS): ______ 1-99 (99=LIFETIME) DIAGNOSIS CODES (ICD-9): ______ ______ ______ ______
ANSWERS ANSWER QUESTIONS 1-6 for purchase of TENS
(Circle Y for Yes, N for No,)
Y N 1. Does the patient have chronic, intractable pain?
_________ Months 2. How long has the patient had intractable pain? (Enter number of months, 1 - 99.)
1 2 3 4 5 3. Is the TENS unit being prescribed for any of the following conditions? (Circle appropriate number)
1 -Headache 2 - Visceral abdominal pain 3 - Pelvic pain
4 -Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain 5 - None of the above
4. Is there documentation in the medical record of multiple medications and/or other therapies that have been
tried and failed?
5. Has the patient received a TENS trial of at least 30 days?
_____/_____/_____ 6. What is the date that you reevaluated the patient at the end of the trial period?
NAME OF PERSON ANSWERING SECTION B QUESTIONS, IF OTHER THAN PHYSICIAN (Please Print):
NAME: ____________________________________________TITLE: ________________________EMPLOYER:__________________________
SECTION C Narrative Description of Equipment and Cost
(1) Narrative description of all items, accessories and options ordered; (2) Supplier’s charge; and (3) Medicare Fee Schedule Allowance for each
item, accessory, and option. (see instructions on back)
SECTION D PHYSICIAN Attestation and Signature/Date
I certify that I am the treating physician identified in Section A of this form. I have received Sections A, B and C of the Certificate of Medical
Necessity (including charges for items ordered). Any statement on my letterhead attached hereto, has been reviewed and signed by me. I certify
that the medical necessity information in Section B is true, accurate and complete, to the best of my knowledge, and I understand that any
falsification, omission, or concealment of material fact in that section may subject me to civil or criminal liability.
PHYSICIAN’S SIGNATURE_________________________________________________________________________ DATE _____/_____/_____
Form CMS-848 (09/05)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE CERTIFICATE OF MEDICAL NECESSITY
FOR TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATOR (TENS) (CMS-848)
SECTION A: (May be completed by the supplier)
CERTIFICATION If this is an initial certification for this patient, indicate this by placing date (MM/DD/YY) needed initially in the space
TYPE/DATE: marked “INITIAL.” If this is a revised certification (to be completed when the physician changes the order, based on the
patient’s changing clinical needs), indicate the initial date needed in the space marked “INITIAL,” and indicate the
recertification date in the space marked “REVISED.” If this is a recertification, indicate the initial date needed in the
space marked “INITIAL,” and indicate the recertification date in the space marked “RECERTIFICATION.” Whether
submitting a REVISED or a RECERTIFIED CMN, be sure to always furnish the INITIAL date as well as the REVISED or
PATIENT Indicate the patient’s name, permanent legal address, telephone number and his/her health insurance claim number
INFORMATION: (HICN) as it appears on his/her Medicare card and on the claim form.
SUPPLIER Indicate the name of your company (supplier name), address and telephone number along with the Medicare Supplier
INFORMATION: Number assigned to you by the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) or applicable National Provider Identifier (NPI). If
using the NPI Number, indicate this by using the qualifier XX followed by the 10-digit number. If using a legacy number,
e.g. NSC number, use the qualifier 1C followed by the 10-digit number. (For example. 1Cxxxxxxxxxx)
PLACE OF SERVICE: Indicate the place in which the item is being used, i.e., patient’s home is 12, skilled nursing facility (SNF) is 31, End
Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) facility is 65, etc. Refer to the DMERC supplier manual for a complete list.
FACILITY NAME: If the place of service is a facility, indicate the name and complete address of the facility.
HCPCS CODES: List all HCPCS procedure codes for items ordered. Procedure codes that do not require certification should not be listed
on the CMN.
PATIENT DOB, HEIGHT, Indicate patient’s date of birth (MM/DD/YY) and sex (male or female); height in inches and weight in pounds, if requested.
WEIGHT AND SEX:
PHYSICIAN NAME, Indicate the PHYSICIAN’S name and complete mailing address.
PHYSICIAN Accurately indicate the treating physician’s Unique Physician Identification Number (UPIN) or applicable National
INFORMATION: Provider Identifier (NPI). If using the NPI Number, indicate this by using the qualifier XX followed by the 10-digit number.
If using UPIN number, use the qualifier 1G followed by the 6-digit number. (For example. 1Gxxxxxx)
PHYSICIAN’S Indicate the telephone number where the physician can be contacted (preferably where records would be accessible
TELEPHONE NO: pertaining to this patient) if more information is needed.
SECTION B: (May not be completed by the supplier. While this section may be completed by a non-physician clinician, or a
Physician employee, it must be reviewed, and the CMN signed (in Section D) by the treating practitioner.)
EST. LENGTH OF NEED: Indicate the estimated length of need (the length of time the physician expects the patient to require use of the ordered
item) by filling in the appropriate number of months. If the patient will require the item for the duration of his/her life, then
enter “ 99”.
DIAGNOSIS CODES: In the first space, list the ICD9 code that represents the primary reason for ordering this item. List any additional ICD9
codes that would further describe the medical need for the item (up to 4 codes).
QUESTION SECTION: This section is used to gather clinical information to help Medicare determine the medical necessity for the item(s)
being ordered. Answer each question which applies to the items ordered, circling “Y” for yes, “N” for no, or “D” for
does not apply.
NAME OF PERSON If a clinical professional other than the treating physician (e.g., home health nurse, physical therapist, dietician) or a
ANSWERING SECTION B physician employee answers the questions of Section B, he/she must print his/her name, give his/her professional title
QUESTIONS: and the name of his/her employer where indicated. If the physician is answering the questions, this space may be left blank.
SECTION C: (To be completed by the supplier)
NARRATIVE Supplier gives (1) a narrative description of the item(s) ordered, as well as all options, accessories, supplies and drugs;
DESCRIPTION OF (2) the supplier’s charge for each item(s), options, accessories, supplies and drugs; and (3) the Medicare fee schedule
EQUIPMENT & COST: allowance for each item(s), options, accessories, supplies and drugs, if applicable.
SECTION D: (To be completed by the physician)
PHYSICIAN The physician’s signature certifies (1) the CMN which he/she is reviewing includes Sections A, B, C and D; (2) the
ATTESTATION: answers in Section B are correct; and (3) the self-identifying information in Section A is correct.
PHYSICIAN SIGNATURE After completion and/or review by the physician of Sections A, B and C, the physician’s must sign and date the CMN in
Section D, verifying the Attestation appearing in this Section. The physician’s signature also certifies the items ordered
are medically necessary for this patient.
According to According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control
number for this information collection is 0938-0679. The time required to complete this information collection is estimated to average 12 minutes per response, including the time to review instructions,
search existing resources, gather the data needed, and complete and review the information collection. If you have any comments concerning the accuracy of the time estimate or suggestions for
improving this form, please write to: CMS, Attn: PRA Reports Clearance Officer, 7500 Security Blvd. Baltimore, Maryland 21244.
DO NOT SUBMIT CLAIMS TO THIS ADDRESS. Please see http://www.medicare.gov/ for information on claim filing.
Form CMS-848 (09/05) INSTRUCTIONS