PMD workshop attracts 200-plus

Thursday, November 30, 2006

PITTSBURGH - The Pennsylvania Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (PAMS) attracted 200-plus providers and clinicians to an Oct. 25 seminar on new documentation regulations that require physician prescriptions and medical records for power mobility devices. The seminar featured a presentation by Dr. Robert Hughes, the medical director for jurisdictions A and B, and a review of sample documentation followed by a discussion of whether it would pass muster in a post-payment audit. More than 95% of attendees stated the seminar increased their knowledge of the documentation requirements, according to Georgie Blackburn, president of PAMS and compliance director at the Tarentum, Pa.-based Blackburn's. Speakers didn't address CMS's proposed pricing for PMDs, but Hughes stated at the seminar that he didn't expect the agency to delay its Nov. 15 implementation date.