In brief: RESNA speaks out, DeVilbiss receives clearance

Sunday, October 19, 2008

ROSSLYN, Va. - RESNA sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee requesting a parallel carve out of complex rehab equipment from the 9.5% reimbursement cut. In the letter, dated Oct. 8, RESNA states its members are already experiencing decreased access to demo and simulation equipment due to the impending cut. Additionally, the organization reports decreased access for beneficiaries; substitutions of recommended products; less robust products; and a decrease in essential services. RESNA also states that "unlike other categories included in the competitive bidding program, there is simply no room for further fee schedule reductions in the complex rehab category" and "in the end, it will be the beneficiary that will be negatively affected."

Wear Drug acquires Sherrick Drug & Medical
CARTHAGE, Ill. - Wear Drug has acquired the pharmacy and durable medical equipment operations of Sherrick Drug & Medical, the two companies announced last week. Wear will merge Sherrick's pharmacy with its pharmacy inside County Market and keep Sherrick's DME operation in its current location near Carthage Square. Wear will re-name Sherrick's DME operation MORE (Mobility, Oxygen & Rehabilitation Equipment) Medical. It plans to expand that line of business. Sherrick will continue to provide nursing, home health aide, and PT and OT therapy.

Advanced Home Care saves with electronic forms
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Advanced Home Care has been able to save $250,000 per year by using electronic forms, the maker of those forms, Mi-Co, announced last week. Instead of paper forms, Advanced Home Care now captures handwritten information on Mi-Forms right at patient sites. That means it no longer has to fax, interpret handwriting or manually key in paper forms data, slowing the entry of orders and delaying payment submissions, according to a release.

Will you be at Medtrade during the next Open Door Forum?
BALTIMORE - CMS has scheduled the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum for Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. To participate, call 800-837-1935 and reference this conference ID: 58375034. If you'll be at Medtrade on the 29th, you can listen to an encore presentation by calling 800-642-1687 and using the same ID. The encore presentation begins two hours after the call has ended; it expires after three business days.

Noridian issues wheelchair armrest warning
FARGO, N.D. - Noridian Administrative Services, the DME MAC for Jurisdiction D, reminded providers last week of the payment criteria for wheelchair armrests. Why? Because wheelchair options and accessories have caused a high provider compliance error rate in Jurisdiction D. For more information, visit