Dispensing Primary and Secondary Dressings With Different Change Frequencies

When dispensing surgical dressings, it is important to differentiate between primary and secondary dressings and to use them in conjunction when indicated. PRIMARY DRESSINGS Primary dressings are therapeutic or protective and can be applied directly to ulcers. SECONDARY DRESSINGS Secondary dressings are needed to secure and/or aid in the function of a primary dressing. A […]

Face-To-Face Exam

The Face-To-Face Examination Requirement

Among the requirements that must be satisfied when dispensing surgical dressings and compression garments is a face-to-face (FTF) examination.  This FTF exam must take place within six months of the time the order is written for the surgical dressing(s) or compression garment.  It is acceptable if the FTF exam takes place on the same day […]

Special Notice: Recent Clarification Announced by CMS

Clarification in Order Requirements for DME Dispensing In a MLN Matters article dated October 12, 2018, CMS announced a clarification in order requirements for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). Effective November 13, 2018, “when the prescribing practitioner is also the supplier, and is permitted to furnish specific items of DMEPOS, a separate […]

AMERX 30-Day Wound Care Kit with HELIX3-CM®

One Ulcer, Two Dressings

Can You Bill For Two Different Dressings For The Same Ulcer?  The answer is… YES! When can you dispense two dressings for the same ulcer?  When a primary dressing, like collagen powder, is dispensed and requires a secondary dressing for securement, you can dispense both the primary and secondary dressings for the same ulcer—and bill […]

Dr. Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA, CPC

To Combine or Not to Combine

Multiple surgical dressings can be combined to appropriately cover a wound, however there are dressing combinations that are not appropriate.   Different surgical dressings have different indications and you should not combine two dressings that have different indications for the same wound. One example of something that should not be done is to use a dressing […]

HELIX3® Bioactive Collagen | AMERX Health Care

Updates To LCD Regarding Collagen Dressings

Noridian Issues a Clarification Notice About Updated Collagen Dressings Coverage Prior to the latest LCD changes, DME providers who dispensed collagen for patients at-home use, could only receive coverage for full-thickness wounds. Since the middle of 2017, however, the guidelines for coverage have been amended. Full-thickness wounds Wounds with light to moderate exudate Wounds that […]