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Seth Johnson


Stakeholders prepare response on PMD repairs

July 22, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders believe a recent Office of Inspector General report on repairs for power mobility devices is “disingenuous.”  The report’s title claims Medicare improperly paid DME suppliers an estimated $8 million of the $40 million it paid for power mobility device repairs between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019.  “The report is very concerning,” said Seth Johnson, vice president of government affairs for Pride Mobility...

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OIG report ‘exposes’ Medicare Advantage


OIG report ‘exposes’ Medicare Advantage

July 1, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – The OIG’s recent finding that some Medicare Advantage plans are delaying or denying access to services shines a light on “one of the most financially damaging things happening to HME providers right now,” says Dan Fedor.  “It’s really ugly what’s happening,” said Fedor, director of reimbursement and education for U.S. Rehab, a division of the VGM Group, who has been known to call Medicare Advantage “Medicare Disadvantage.”  Here’s...

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Repair issues at ‘overflow point’

June 10, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – Complex rehab stakeholders are amplifying their efforts to resolve issues around repairs, with right-to-repair bills being introduced in more and more states and one recently approved in Colorado. These bills, which can vary from state to state, typically allow consumers to buy parts directly from manufacturers and repair their own equipment. “It was bubbling up before the pandemic and supply chain issues, and it’s an overflow point now,” said Dan Fedor,...

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FMA is ‘proof’ of benefits, U.S. Rehab says

November 19, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – Recent virtual meetings with legislators highlight the importance of leveraging the Functional Mobility Assessment tool to show the value of appropriate seating and mobility equipment, say U.S. Rehab’s Dan Fedor and Greg Packer.  During those meetings, which took place as part of the Virtual CRT Congressional Fly-in on Sept. 21, legislators asked for “proof” that power standing devices and other complex rehab equipment benefit...

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Is Medicare Advantage too good to be true?

December 29, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

In November, at the height of open enrollment season, U.S. Rehab’s Dan Fedor warned complex rehab providers about the Medicare Advantage plans that were being promoted by celebrities in TV commercials. The first thing providers need to know about these plans: what they’re promising Medicare beneficiaries. “A lot of (MA plans) are trying to lure (beneficiaries) from traditional Medicare to their MA plan,” said Fedor, director of reimbursement and education for U.S. Rehab,...

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SWO alleviates confusion for PMDs

February 6, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - Providers of power mobility devices have perhaps the most to gain from a new standard written order that went into effect Jan. 1, stakeholders say.The SWO replaces four types of orders, including the seven-element order, which was a sticking point particularly for PMD providers.“Some providers were sending me thumbs up emojis when I told them about the SWO,” said Dan Fedor, director of reimbursement and education for U.S. Rehab, a division of the VGM Group.The elimination...

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We follow Medicare guidelines, they say

November 27, 2019Guest Commentary

Many Medicare Beneficiaries are being enticed by celebrities on TV to select a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan over Original Medicare Fee for Service (FSS) with all the standard benefits of Medicare at a lower out of pocket cost. These plans often state they provide additional benefits such as gym memberships, transportation and eyeglasses, so how can they provide more benefits with a lower cost? Seems too good to be true, doesn't it? How can these private for-profit insurance companies provide...

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Q&A: VGM's Buhrmester & Fedor

August 28, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WATERLOO, Iowa - Just when HME providers think they have control over documentation and billing, Medicare throws them a curve ball. That makes it difficult for them to develop good habits—a big reason why they're turning up for The VGM Group's “Breaking Bad Reimbursement Habits” tour. Here's what Ronda Buhrmester and Dan Fedor, two reimbursement specialists for VGM who are running the tour, had to say in April about how providers are getting themselves on the right path to reimbursement.HME...

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What's the real story about fraud?

September 26, 2014Leah Hoenen

WASHINGTON - A recent story in the Washington Post highlighting power wheelchair fraud is simply rehashing old news at the cost of highlighting current problems, industry stakeholders say. “A Medicare Scam That Just Kept Rolling,” which appeared in the Aug. 16 issue of the newspaper, looks back five to 10 years, and focuses on people who started businesses with the sole purpose of defrauding the government, said Don Clayback, NCART executive director. “You can tell...

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