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 […]
Collagen is a major structural component of skin tissue. It is the most abundant fibrous protein in higher vertebrates because it is the principal constituent of skin and connective tissue as well as being present in bones and teeth (Milano). More than a third of the proteins synthesized by the living cells of the human […]
What are you doing to achieve the goals set on January 1st? If you give a man a bow and arrow and tell him to shoot, the first thought in his mind will be, “Where?”. Not knowing where to aim, the man will just shoot anywhere and at anything, not really caring, just because you […]
As of January 1, 2020, the DMEMAC requirement for a “Detailed Written Order” when ordering surgical dressings has changed to the requirement for a “Standard Written Order”. The required elements of a Standard Written Order are almost the same as those of the Detailed Written Order. The required elements of the Standard Written Order include: […]
A missed appointment is a missed opportunity for both the patient and the medical practice. Many times, patients fail to understand the importance of why they need to return for an appointment, and therefore do not make it a priority. In fact, many of them end up canceling or not showing up for their appointment.
When dispensing surgical dressings, it is important that the dressing size is selected appropriately based on the size of the ulcer being treated. The dressing should be large enough to cover the entire ulcer. However, you cannot expect reimbursement for a dressing when a smaller size is available that could have covered the same ulcer.
I am a data nut. I analyze data. I can tell a physician where they are losing money within 10 minutes of looking at their procedure reports. I can tell them where they are failing to provide comprehensive care. The number one reason for lost revenue across all specialties: Patients not returning. The main reasons […]
AMERX Health Care provides you with extensive resources that include everything you need for perfect documentation to ensure compliance when dispensing surgical dressings. The majority of this guidance comes from the DMEMAC Surgical Dressings LCD and the DMEMAC Surgical Dressing Policy Article. On December 3, 2019, the DMEMACs released some additional guidance in the form […]
Have you ever used these phrases? I would recommend… We can either treat it this way or treat it that way. It is your decision. It is my recommendation to… I would encourage you to consider…. Would you like me to prescribe…? Here are all your options… What would you like to do? If you […]
In last month’s post, we provided the information needed to access the current durable medical equipment (DME) and / or prosthetics (DMEPOS) fee schedule. When opening the file for the current fee schedule, the HCPCS codes are listed from top to bottom in column A. The reimbursement dollar value is listed for each state from […]