Apples and oranges
I spoke with a pharmacy provider this afternoon who is awaiting his accreditation survey. For him, the recent deadline extension for pharmacies is a welcome relief.
For Joe the HME provider, however, that extension may not seem fair. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't; I can see both sides of the equation: it's what keeps HME News fair and balanced.
Pharmacist John Keegan, who received his accreditation in June, sympathizes, but says it's like comparing apples to oranges.
"We're licensed by our states, we're inspected at least once a year," he said. "That's not to slight DMEs. I don’t believe they understand the nature of our profession—the practices we're built on and the nature of those practices. If the pharmacy is being inspected regularly, its hard to say it’s a fraudulent operation."
As to the extension for his fellow pharms? Eh. Keegan's pleased as punch to have his accreditation wrapped up.
"I don't think they are going to escape accreditation completely," he said.