Subscribe to RSS - accreditation


Accreditation: Be patient with process

Q. What are the steps required for a DMEPOS provider to become accredited?

A. The DMEPOS provider submits an application to the accrediting organization (AO) along with the required documentation and the specified fee.

Think beyond Medicare

Q. If I don’t need to get accredited, for a certain payer, is it still important?

A. Yes. No matter how long you have owned your practice or facility and how successful you have become, policies change and reimbursements fluctuate. In many cases, certain products continue to have a higher profit rate than others.

Accreditation: Select an accreditor carefully

Q. How do I begin the accreditation process?

A. While CMS’s accreditation requirement is firmly in place, many new providers are unsure of the process to become accredited.

CMS: Master of the double standard

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CMS expects HME providers to have their ducks in a row. When providers submit claims, for example, the agency expects those claims to adhere to certain coverage policy and documentation requirements.

Success story


Herron & Smith announces accreditation status in monthly newsletter.

Has the NSC got your number?

Monday, February 22, 2010

What's going on over at the NSC (Not Synergistic with CMS)? We ran a story last month about providers whose Medicare supplier numbers have been in limbo for months.

Sens. Baucus, Grassley urge CMS to use 'discretion' toward pharmacies


A couple of marquee-name senators last week asked Medicare to cut some slack for pharmacies that have not gotten accredited.
"They were concerned that CMS was going to start acting in a draconian fashion and crack down on pharmacies that haven't gone through accreditation," said John Norton, associate director of public relations for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

Glenn Steinke: HME News 'made me famous'


Even though Steinke was told he wouldn't be surveyed until November, he ended up being surveyed on Sept. 14, paving the way for accreditation before the end of that month.

Senate bigwigs haven't forgotten Rx exemption

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sens. Max Baucus and Charles Grassley sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday asking her to cut some slack for pharmacies that haven't been accredited yet. The deadline for pharmacies passed Jan.

No accreditation or surety bond? No problem. Here's a million bucks.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I just came across yet another article on Medicare fraud. The story lead off with—wait for it—a fake DME provider in Miami.

An article by Mark Potter on reads: