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Industry on home oxygen: We need ‘objective standards for review’

October 5, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare, VGM & Associates, the Council for Quality Respiratory Care and 11 other organizations are asking CMS to eliminate the medical record review for home oxygen therapy and to accept the clinician prescription/standard written order as the required documentation for establishing medical necessity.  These changes would protect against fraud and abuse, reduce the burden on clinicians and suppliers, and protect access for Medicare beneficiaries, the groups say in an...

CMN, Documentation, Home Oxygen

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CMS sunsets CMN for home oxygen


CMS sunsets CMN for home oxygen

October 1, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – CMS on Sept. 27 posted a final national coverage determination for home oxygen, but now industry stakeholders must “wait and see” what the DME Medicare Administrative Contractors do with the changes.  While the effective date of the NCD is technically Sept. 27, it won’t be implemented until a later date, when the DME MACs update their local coverage determinations.  “There are a lot of positives here, and we will wait and see,” says...

aahomecare, CMN, home oxygen NCD, Kim Brummett, Ronda Buhrmester, VGM

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CQRC on CMN: ‘It has been an anchor’

July 15, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care in a statement today encouraged CMS to reconsider eliminating the CMN for home oxygen therapy. The CQRC, a coalition of the nation’s largest respiratory providers and manufacturers, says doing that would replace “objective testing ordered by a patient’s physician for the subjective decision-making of Medicare contractors.” “We are highly supportive of allowing acute patients to receive oxygen therapy outside...

Certificate of Medical Necessity, CMN, Council for Quality Respiratory Care, CQRC, Home oxygen therapy, National coverage determination

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DME MACs drop CMNs for oxygen, infusion services

May 12, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The DME MACs on May 7 announced that they will not require CMNs for oxygen claims during the COVID-19 public health emergency.The update follows CMS's decision not to enforce clinical indications of coverage for the oxygen NCDs and LCDs, as outlined in an April 6 interim final rule.“After carefully reviewing the CMN and the related claims processing issues that would result from having missing information or having clinical information for which the form was intended, CMS has determined...

CMN, Coronavirus Outbreak, Documentation, Infusion, Oxygen

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CMS considers eliminating CMNs, DIFs

May 21, 2015HME News Staff

BALTIMORE - CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum call May 27 to discuss eliminating CMNs and durable medical equipment identification forms. The current CMNs are oxygen, pneumatic compressions devices, osteogenesis stimulators, TENS devices, seat lift mechanisms, and section C continuation form. The current DIFS are external infusion pumps and enteral and parenteral nutrition. Comments on the forms can be emailed to [email protected] To participate in the call: 1-866-501-5502,...


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Executive Session

Something to root for

February 4, 2009Mike Moran

Powder video AAHomecare announced this week that it has formed the New Oxygen Coalition (NOC) to "resolve issues" related to reforming the Medicare oxygen benefit. Bugsy Malone movie download As you know, AAHomecare and the CQRC shared their plans for reform with state associations and other industry stakeholders in January. The response wasn't exactly rousing. While nearly all stakeholders agree that the oxygen benefit needs to be reformed, they disagree on how it should be done. Hence, the NOC...

CMN, CQRC, Executive Session, scooter store, scooter store

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