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DME MAC launches manual wheelchair prepay probe

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12/22/2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Few providers in Jurisdiction B seem to be affected so far by a recent prepayment review for manual wheelchair bases, including the adult tilt-in-space models, coded E1161.

Reporter's notebook: Crash course in charting and other calamities

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09/26/2014

For years, HME providers have been trying to teach physicians what they need to include in their chart notes, often to no avail, says Sarah Hanna, president of ECS Billing & Consulting North.

Collecting at any cost

‘You’ll do whatever it takes to get that money’
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06/13/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine – When provider Tammy Zelenko gets ready to close the books on her fiscal year every June, she strives to close out outstanding patient balances.

Sometimes, that means offering a discount to patients to get them to pay up.

Medicare permits walker upgrades

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03/28/2014

Persistence paid off in this case. Below is the final determination from Medicare since the initial HME News article (“Unbundling trips up providers,” December 2013). 

Providers avoid shortened timeframe

CMS had wanted to require them to respond to initial documentation requests in 60 days
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12/20/2013

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.

Different take on unbundling

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12/20/2013

In response to your story “Unbundling trips up providers” (HME News, December 2013), I would like to draw your attention to the following clarification from the Jurisdiction B DME MAC: