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No, we do not write monthly progress notes. The visit notes stand as the only required documentation, in addition to any notes of communication that takes place with the patient or team members outside of a visit. I am very familiar with the COPs and I do not know of any such requirement for a monthly progress note. Where are you seeing that?
Thank you for your response.
The Conditions of Participation, 484.4, define a progress note as "a written notation, dated and signed by a member of the health team that summarizes facts about care furnished and the patient's response during a given period of time."
A progress note is not same as visit note or a clinical note, which is defined as "a notation of a contact with a patient that is written and dated by a member of the health team, and that describes signs and symptoms, treatment and drugs administered and the patient's reaction, and any changes in physical or emotional condition."
There is no frequency in the condition of participation but the definition for a summary report in 484.4 is, "the compilation of the pertinent factors of a patient's CLINICAL NOTES and PROGRESS NOTES that is submitted to the patient's physician", which probably means there should be at least one progress note so that it could be included in the summary.