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Decision doesn’t solve repair woes, stakeholders say


WASHINGTON – CMS’s decision to pay for repairs for capped rental DME provided by The Scooter Store and transferred to beneficiaries on Oct. 24, is a step in the right direction, but not a solution, industry stakeholders say.

Now hiring DME sales reps: West Corp.


SAN ANTONIO – West Corp. is adding 70 positions here to provide medical sales support to a new client and an existing client, both unnamed, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

Providers avoid shortened timeframe

CMS had wanted to require them to respond to initial documentation requests in 60 days

WASHINGTON – It looks like the timeframe for responding to initial documentation requests as part of the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program will stand at 75 days.

DMEhub now integrates with physician system


DALLAS and ORANGE PARK, Fla. – A new partnership means DMEhub integrates with and supports Aprima Medical Software’s electronic health record (EHR) system, allowing physicians to order DME directly through Aprima.

Take PECOS seriously, stakeholders say


WASHINGTON – CMS has set a new start date for denying DME claims with the names of physicians who are not enrolled in PECOS and, this time, it may stick, industry stakeholders say.

Q&A: Wayne Stanfield

‘Bidding will change. It has to’

WASHINGTON – It’s ironic that Wayne Stanfield feels comfortable retiring now that NAIMES is part of AAHomecare.

HHS calls for DME location system


WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks a system to locate people using life-sustaining DME and assess the status of their devices during prolonged power outages or disasters.

CGS posts warning for enteral claims


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An increasing number of errors in Medicare claims for enteral nutrition have led claims processor CGS to post a reminder on its website about documentation and billing requirements.

Woman indicted for fraudulent air mattress sales


PITTSBURGH – A DME saleswoman was indicted Sept. 17 for fraud related to $400,000 she billed to Medicare for air mattress sales prosecutors say were based on false and forged documents.

Noridian reports overpayments on PMD rentals


FARGO, N.D. – Noridian Administrative Services has reported overpayments on some power mobility devices in Round 2 competitive bidding areas. Noridian says the problem stems from a system issue that led to DME MACs paying a higher rate than allowed under the program.