AAH: Document wheelchair services

Friday, February 29, 2008

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - AAHomecare and its Rehab and Assistive Technology Council (RATC) plan to develop a framework for calculating the service and overhead costs of providing a full range of power wheelchairs to Medicare beneficiaries, the organizations announced in February. They also plan to develop a template that would allow providers to document all interactions with patients. AAH and RATC are taking these steps in response to a recent meeting with the OIG to discuss its report comparing Medicare and Internet pricing. In 2008, the OIG plans to audit claims to calculate service-related costs for both standard and complex power wheelchairs. AAH and RATC fear the OIG's efforts will not accurately reflect the full costs of providing power wheelchairs.