In brief: Oxygen billing reminder

Sunday, May 3, 2009

FARGO, N.D. - Noridian Administrative Services, the Jurisdiction D DME MAC, issued billing reminders for oxygen equipment last week. Noridian said claims are being billed incorrectly when starting a new rental period for oxygen equipment. Claims for the replacement of oxygen equipment for the first month of use only are billed using the HCPCS code for the new equipment and either the RA or RP modifier depending on the date that the equipment is furnished. The RA modifier is used when replacing equipment on/after January 1, 2009. The RP modifier is used for equipment replaced before January 1, 2009. Read the complete update:

PAOC members to meet next month

BALTIMORE - The new Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC) for national competitive bidding will meet for the first time in Baltimore on June 4 at 8:30 a.m. Committee members will be sworn in at that time. The 17 new members were named in mid-January and include large and small HME providers, manufacturers, and business and insurance representatives. "Because of the expertise represented on the PAOC, it should be an influential voice in shaping the bidding program," said Tyler J. Wilson, president of AAHomecare in a release.

Way to go, TRUE2go

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Home Diagnostics' TRUE2go glucometer received a Medical Design Excellence Award, the company announced April 27. Products are evaluated based on design and engineering features, including use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and benefits to patient. The TRUE2go is billed as the world's smallest blood glucose meter.