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On the Editor's Desk

A familiar foe: wheelchair pricing

November 30, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

The Sun Sentinel in Florida took on wheelchair pricing this week in a feature it calls "Waste Watch: Investigating Where Our Tax Dollars Go." I probably don't have to tell you that the author of the article compared Medicare vs. Internet pricing for wheelchairs. She states, for example, that Medicare paid $800 for a provider to supply a manual wheelchair to the wife of one Alan Siegel of Fort Lauderdale, a wheelchair that any Tom, Dick or Harry can buy for $99 online. The author cites other...

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Executive Session

Got questions about audits? Tom Walters has some answers

September 28, 2010Mike Moran

Tom Walters is the president of Total Office Management in Columbia, S.C. And when he says Total Office Management, he means it. Walters consults on everything related to running an office. Lately, and probably this will come as no surprise, he's been spending a lot of time helping providers do self audits. That's one way to discover if a company has its bases covered before a ZPIC, MAC, RAC or some other audit agency walks through the front door looking for trouble. I talked to Tom recently about...

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Break it down: Medicare provider vs. Internet provider

April 8, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

This landed in my e-mail inbox yesterday and, needless to say, my curiosity is piqued: Dear Liz, Would it be helpful if a DME company prepared a line item breakdown of all costs, time, duties, services, legal responsibilities, licensing, and 7 year audit risks associated with providing a power wheelchair to a Medicare beneficiary? I'm talking about a table worksheet to compare a Medicare supplier to an Internet seller, listing a cost breakdown for everything involved  from intake/gathering documentation/interpreting...

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