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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Three Good Changes to the Competitive Bidding Program
    November 14, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - Between unsuccessful challenges to aspects of the Competitive Bidding Program (“Program”), nonsensical bid awards, and constant downward pressure on already low reimbursement rates, it feels like all news related to Competitive Bidding is bad news. read more »

  • Brightree Summit Offers Solutions at Medtrade
    November 07, 2016

    ATLANTA – At the “show within a show” on day one of Medtrade, a series of speakers shared specific business solutions at the day-long Brightree Summit. read more »

  • Billing Non-Assigned - Further Guidance
    October 24, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - In August, Medtrade Monday published a four part series of articles I prepared entitled “Responding to Medicare Cuts.” A key topic in these articles is how a non-participating supplier can bill Medicare beneficiaries on a non-assigned basis. As DME suppliers move into the non-assigned arena, many issues arise. This article addresses some of the key issues. read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

  • Best in Caretailing - A Closer Look at the Avid Rehab Vector Power Chair
    December 05, 2016

    ATLANTA - Several awards were given out last month at Medtrade, and these exceptional products merit a closer look. The bronze finisher in the New Product Pavilion Providers’ Choice Awards, sponsored by HomeCare Magazine, was the Avid Rehab Vector Power Chair from Merits Health Products Co Ltd. Martin Kidder, senior sales supervisor, agreed to sit down and answer questions about the Cape Coral, Florida-based company’s highly functional entrant in the competitive power chair market. read more »

  • Mobility Provider Chuck Barnes Honors Disabled Veterans in North Carolina with Deluxe Scooter from Medtrade Exhibitor Stars N Stripes
    December 05, 2016

    ABERDEEN, NC – As a disabled Vietnam veteran, Chuck Barnes, owner of EZ Access Bathing & Mobility in Aberdeen, NC, knows the struggles of soldiers who come back from service with permanent injuries. Barnes has delivered countless scooters to a variety of different customers, but his focus routinely comes back to men and women in uniform.
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  • Mobility Provider Chuck Barnes Honors Disabled Veterans
    December 05, 2016

    ABERDEEN, NC – As a disabled Vietnam veteran, Chuck Barnes, owner of EZ Access Bathing & Mobility in Aberdeen, NC, knows the struggles of soldiers who come back from service with permanent injuries. Barnes has delivered countless scooters to a variety of different customers, but his focus routinely comes back to men and women in uniform. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • What Does Referral Mean Under Stark?
    December 05, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - The federal Stark physician self-referral statute states: “Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, if a physician (or an immediate family member of such physician) has a financial relationship with an entity specified in paragraph (2), then (A) the physician may not make a referral to the entity for the furnishing of designated health services for which payment may be made under this subchapter, and (B) the entity may not present or cause to be presented a claim under this subchapter or bill to any individual, third party payor, or other entity for designated health services furnished pursuant to a referral prohibited under subparagraph (A).” 42 U.S.C. 1395nn(a)(1). A “financial relationship” includes both an ownership interest and a compensation arrangement. A DME supplier falls under Stark. read more »

  • Offshore Subcontracting - Medicare Guidance
    November 28, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - In a previous Medtrade Monday article, I discussed utilization by DME suppliers of offshore subcontractors. This article provides further Medicare guidance. read more »

  • Medtrade Spring 2017 Advance Registration in Effect
    November 28, 2016

    LAS VEGAS – Medtrade is in the books, and plenty of providers are now making plans to attend Medtrade Spring in 2017. The Las Vegas version of the premiere HME-focused event takes place Feb 28-March 1, 2017, in familiar digs at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. read more »

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