Suppliers pass on ADMC

Monday, December 31, 2001

YARMOUTH, Maine - It appears rehab suppliers are not taking full advantage of the advanced determination for Medicare coverage (ADMC) that the DMERCs are now accepting and processing for certain custom wheelchairs. Doug Westerdahl, owner of Monroe Wheelchair in New York, said his company has its own internal system for determining Medicare coverage, and it doesn't foresee ever using the ADMC. Other suppliers hadn't even heard of the ADMC. There were questions, from the get go, whether the ADMC would do what suppliers hoped it would. Industry sources have called the new policy "full of loopholes" and "too restrictive." The ADMC replaced prior authorization on Oct. 1. HME

Rehab company receives accreditation from ACHC
RALEIGH, N.C. - ATG-New England, doing business as Connecticut Rehab of Newington, Conn., Assistive Technologies of Latham, N.Y., and Design-Able of Raynham, Mass., has become the first MED Group member to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). ACHC touts itself as the only accrediting body with standards specifically written for rehab technology supplier services. HME

Chartwell picks Innovatix for infusion
NEW YORK - Chartwell Diversified Services, a subsidiary of Med Diversified, has chosen Innovatix as the exclusive group purchasing organization for Chartwell Caregivers home infusion pharmacies located in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Ohio and Illinois. Chartwell chose Innovatix for its decade-long experience, its portfolio of pharmaceutical and medical/surgical supply contracts and its pricing programs, according to a company statement. HME