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Do Your Patients Come Back? Part 2

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.

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The Best Method For Measuring a Wound

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.

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Do Your Patients Come Back? Part 1

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 […]

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Updates to Surgical Dressing Documentation Requirements

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 […]

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How Much Are You Getting Paid For That? Part II

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 […]

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How Much Are You Getting Paid For That? Part 1

This should not be a guessing game, nor should it be a mystery.  Knowing what your reimbursement should be for a service is an important tool in planning treatments and in checking your Explanation of Benefits (EOBs).  This is the case with evaluation and management services, procedures, and durable medical equipment, including both surgical dressings […]

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Time to Start Using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have removed social security-based claim numbers from Medicare cards and are instead using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) for Medicare transactions.  All Medicare beneficiaries have received their MBIs, and it is important to collect that information. Physicians must start using the MBI instead of the social security number […]

Can You Dispense Surgical Dressings/Wound Care Supplies to an Inpatient?

The short answer is… No. Medicare will not make separate payments for items dispensed during any inpatient stay in acute care hospitals, long term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, inpatient psychiatric facilities, or critical access hospitals.  Medicare makes payments to these entities via different payment systems and all payments made through these systems are considered […]

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Proof of Delivery: Part 4

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require that DME suppliers maintain proof that any item dispensed was received by the beneficiary in the form of a Proof of Delivery document. This document must be maintained for at least seven years.  This could be requested by DMEMACs, recovery auditors, supplemental medical review contractors, or […]

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Proof of Delivery: Part 3

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that DME suppliers maintain proof that any item dispensed was received by the beneficiary in the form of a Proof of Delivery document. This could be requested by DMEMACs, recovery auditors, supplemental medical review contractors, or Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) medical review contractors.  In our […]