AAH: Keep using WOPDs—for now

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare recommends that providers continue to obtain written orders prior to delivery for HME until CMS publishes a “required list.”

Earlier this month, the DME MACs said a new standard written order would be the only type of order needed for HME claims starting with dates of service Jan. 1, 2020. But it also said certain HME on a “required list” would still be subject to face-to-face and WOPD requirements.

While AAHomecare has confirmed that as of Jan. 1, 2020, WOPDs are only required for PMDs, “it is recommended that suppliers continue to get a WOPD until the new list is published,” the association stated in a bulletin.

The list of items that will no longer require a WOPD:

  • Group 1, 2 and 3 pressure reducing support surfaces
  • TENS units
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Wheelchair seating
  • Wheelchair options and accessories for power wheelchairs
  • Portable gas oxygen
  • Liquid stationary and portably oxygen
  • CPAP
  • RAD
  • Nebulizers


CMS plans to publish a “required list” in the Federal Register in the next month or so, according to AAHomecare.