CMS issues revised quality standards

Sunday, November 30, 2008

BALTIMORE--CMS released the revised quality standards for home medical equipment in late October to little industry fanfare. The standards, which contain minimal changes, take effect immediately. The revised standards contain two small changes that will affect providers of power wheelchairs and diabetic shoes. Power wheelchairs: On April 1, providers had to begin using ATSs to supply certain complex power wheelchairs, those categorized as Group 2 or above. Under the revised standards, they must be on-staff, not contract, employees. Diabetic shoes: The revised standards contain more in-depth guidance for providers and pharmacists on proper fittings.