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Your ABN Forms are Expiring!

When providing Durable Medical Equipment (DME) to Medicare Part B beneficiaries, there are certain situations where an Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) may be required.  An ABN should be issued to the patient before they receive DME that is usually covered by insurance but is not in this particular case.  Issuing the ABN prior to delivery […]

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Understanding Debridement and Surgical Dressing Coverage

According to the DMEMAC Local Coverage Article (LCA), Surgical Dressings – Policy Article (A54563), surgical dressings are covered when a “qualifying” wound is present.  We must understand which wounds qualify.  While there are different requirements for different dressing types, all wounds must meet certain criteria before the dressing type can even be considered.  The LCA […]

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Revive Your Practice in Just 14 Days

Last month, I had the opportunity to work with more than 100 doctors while conducting a 14-day practice reinvention challenge. Every day, the participants were asked to watch a short video and perform a challenge that would help them work on their practice and themselves. For many of the participants, it was just the motivation […]

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How to Effectively Dispense Compression Therapy In-Office

Dispensing compression systems from my office is extremely rewarding.  Patients enjoy being handed the product they need, rather than having to hunt for it in their community.  Specifically, patients in need of compression therapy find that not all compression garments are right for them. Oftentimes, these patients enjoy the ease of application and adjustment that […]

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The Effects of Aging on Wound Healing

Wound healing is among the most complex processes that occur in the human body.  It involves many cell types, pathways, and systems working together efficiently to manage the task.  The physiological effects of advanced age paired with the co-morbidities that often accompany aging have been observed to impact every step of the wound healing process.  […]

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Opportunity in a Time of Turmoil

You may be nervous as you watch patient visits dwindle and new employee regulations take effect. Many of you have already experienced cash flow crunches and have begun to wonder how your practice will fare the pandemic. Uncertainty can be scary for both private practitioners as well as large groups. Don’t despair! There are opportunities […]

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Telemedicine & Surgical Dressings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced waivers and loosened some provider restrictions since the public health emergency was declared.  There have been new announcements every day.  A concern among providers who dispense surgical dressings is the need to document, on a monthly basis, clinical information which demonstrates the reasonable and necessary […]

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Protocol Building 101

Many physicians want to develop protocols but find it too daunting of a task. The quickest way to start to build protocols is to get your staff involved. Your staff is your most valuable asset as you begin writing protocols. Protocol sessions should begin by telling everyone it is essential that they contribute. You need […]

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Choosing the Proper Dressing Size

When dispensing surgical dressings, the dressing size should be selected based on the size of the ulcer being treated.  From a clinical standpoint, the dressing should cover the entire ulcer.  From a compliance and payment standpoint, it is not appropriate to use a large dressing size when a smaller size was available that could have […]