BUFFALO, N.Y. - NCART sent an e-mail to members in early March, asking them to complete a survey on Medicaid coverage and payment in their areas. The 20-page survey includes questions like "how is complex rehab paid for": at submitted charges, at Medicare fee schedule, at discount off Medicare, at other established fee schedule, at percentage off MSRP, or at cost-plus a percentage? NCART planned to keep the survey open intil March 31. It will then summarize the results and make them available on the group's Web site, www.ncart.us.
Express Medical adds cushions
ST. LOUIS - Express Medical Supply now offers wheelchair users two new cushions from The ROHO Group: the mid profile, which features 3-inch high cells; and the hybrid elite, which features a contoured foam base for stability and support, and an adjustable cushion insert to protect against soft tissue breakdown. The mid-profile cushion gives users an option between ROHO's high profile (4-inch cells) and low profile (2-inch cells) cushions.
passes $1M mark
LITTLETON, Colo. - Kids Mobility Network has provided several hundred pieces of DME, including wheelchairs and standers, valued at more than $1 million to children with disabilities and their families, it announced in February. The nonprofit started its mission in 2006. "Surpassing the $1 million mark is a big milestone and we have many, many more children to serve," stated Christy Kopp, executive director, in a release. Changes in medical coverage have increased the number of uninsured or underinsured families. That's why Kids Mobility now seeks corporate sponsors and donors. FMI: www.kidsmobility.org.
Door-to-door solicitation lands recruiter in jail
FRESON, Calif. - A woman here was convicted in March for committing Medicare fraud by recruiting patients for the purpose of receiving unnecssary power wheelchairs. After a one-week trial, a jury found Maria Moreno, 57, guilty of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and six counts of healthcare fraud. Moreno allegedly solicited Medicare beneficiaries by meeting with groups of seniors and going door-to-door at senior living communities. Eventually, their information landed in the hands of area DME companies, which billed Medicare and paid Moreno kickbacks.