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Regulatory: Use non-technical words 

September 13, 2021Andrea Stark

Q. Can suppliers sell new CPAPs to Medicare beneficiaries who own a recalled machine but don’t want to wait for warranty repairs?  A. Yes. When the equipment is over five years, it has exceeded its reasonable useful life. Suppliers can bill new equipment to Medicare with a new prescription.  If the patient’s equipment is less than five years old, Medicare will not pay for a new machine because the equipment remains within the useful lifetime.  Patients may want...

Andrea Stark, Home Medical Equipment, MiraVista


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CMS announces suppressed claims

July 27, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced that a systems-wide error resulted in suppressed crossover claims to certain supplemental payers from April 8 through early May, MiraVista reports. The issue affects Medicare claims finalized between April 8 and April 25 for electronic claims, and between April 8 and May 11 for paper claims. Medicare did not send crossover claims to the following payers, according to MiraVista: Anthem BCBS (Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont); BCBS (Michigan and Maine);...

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Registration for Provider Relief Fund reporting begins 

January 19, 2021HME News Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal is open, but right now, providers can only register on the website, according to MiraVista. The Department of Health and Human Services hasn’t specified when reporting features will be available, but providers that received more than $10,000 from the PRF should register now to receive email notifications and updates, the consulting firm says. Because the portal times out after 15 minutes of inactivity, MiraVista recommends...

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Providers

Reporter's notebook: Audit reprieve a 'confidence builder'

August 28, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

MODESTO, Calif. - It's not every day that HME providers get good news from a CMS audit contractor, but Home Oxygen Company recently got a break from certain audits.The provider recently received word from Noridian, the Jurisdiction D MAC, that it had earned 12-month reprieves from widespread prepay reviews for both oxygen and CPAP.“It's a confidence builder,” said Andrea Ewert, CEO. “We are doing what they like, and we are going to keep it up.”Ewert plans to use the reprieve...

Andrea Stark, Audits, Home Oxygen Company, MiraVista


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News

Are you RAC ready?

April 24, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Since it's been so long since HME providers have had to grapple with a RAC, stakeholders offered these pieces of advice:Be proactive. “Suppliers must have an internal quality assurance and compliance program that regularly monitors the claims that are being submitted,” said Wayne van Halem, president of The van Halem Group, a division of The VGM Group. “They should review the RAC website regularly to perform a risk assessment on their proactive audits. Suppliers can minimize the...

Andrea Stark, MiraVista, RAC audits, The van Halem Group, The VGM Group


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Specialty Providers

CMS eases resupply requirements, but questions remain

August 19, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - Recent revisions to the documentation requirements for CPAP resupplies are a “huge win,” but industry stakeholders want further clarification.CMS will now assume that medical necessity has been established for replacement of accessories for beneficiary-owned CPAP and RAD devices.Still, stakeholders would like to see the agency clarify—in writing—what documentation HME providers still need to get paid for accessories.“You need a detailed written order...

aahomecare, CPAP Resupplies, MiraVista


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Specialty Providers

MACs remove 'imminent death' requirement for vents

May 13, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Recent guidance from the DME MACs on coverage criteria for ventilators is a move in the right direction, say industry stakeholders.Specifically, the guidance removes the so-called “imminent death requirement,” which stated that patients must need a ventilator 24/7 for coverage.It's a requirement the MACs issued in April 2015 in an attempt to define criteria for vents vs. bi-level devices.The new guidance doesn't go that far, but “makes very clear that any device which...

aahomecare, Andrea Stark, Kim Brummett, MiraVista, ResMed, ventilators


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Short takes: MiraVista, PMDRx

September 16, 2015HME News Staff

MiraVista, a consulting and outsourced billing company for DME providers, has redesigned its website to make its industry updates, and education events and tools front and center. The new site is also mobile friendlyPMDRX recently demoed its mobility exam and documentation technology to the office of U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. With help from Franks' office, PMDRX has completed an application for a $250,000 Arizona Innovation Challenge grant that would allow it to launch an aggressive marketing...

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On the Editor's Desk

We have the answer to this $64 million question

February 2, 2015Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Do you want to know what the regional pricing might look like under the national rollout of competitive bidding scheduled to take place Jan. 1, 2016? Andrea Stark, a reimbursement consultant with MiraVista, can give you a pretty good idea. In a webcast that aired on Jan. 13 and that is still available on demand, Stark walked attendees through an example of what the pricing for oxygen concentrators (E1390) might look like in Bartlesville, Okla., part of the Southwest Region, one of eight regions included...

Andrea Stark, Competitive Bidding, MiraVista, Pricing


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News

CMS decision on Tennessee sets precedent

June 21, 2013Elizabeth Deprey

WASHINGTON - It was a big win in the HME industry's fight against competitive bidding when CMS disqualified one-third of the contract suppliers for Tennessee, but that's not the only state with licensure issues, stakeholders point out.“It establishes a precedent that CMS is going to have to deal with,” said Andrea Stark, a reimbursement consultant with MiraVista. “I see it as a domino falling, the beginning of a chain reaction.”CMS last week sent letters to 30 contract suppliers...

CMS, DME, HME, Maryland National Capital Homecare Association, Medicare, MiraVista, Tennessee


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