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SWO alleviates confusion for PMDs

February 6, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - Providers of power mobility devices have perhaps the most to gain from a new standard written order that went into effect Jan. 1, stakeholders say.The SWO replaces four types of orders, including the seven-element order, which was a sticking point particularly for PMD providers.“Some providers were sending me thumbs up emojis when I told them about the SWO,” said Dan Fedor, director of reimbursement and education for U.S. Rehab, a division of the VGM Group.The elimination...

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CMS bulks up PA program

April 19, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS has added seven codes for complex rehab power mobility devices and five codes for support surfaces to the national prior authorization program, AAHomecare reports.The agency will roll the PMD codes into the program within 90 days, or July 21 by the association's estimates.The support surface codes will added in two phases, within 90 days in California, Indiana, New Jersey and North Carolina, and within 180 days, or Oct. 19, 2019, by AAHomcare's estimates, in all states.The codes...

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CMS shifts mobility codes into nat'l prior authorization program

June 8, 2018Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - CMS says a demonstration project requiring prior authorization requests for power mobility devices in 19 states will become permanent and will expand to all states.CMS announced June 1 that it will transition nearly all of the codes included in the demo project, which was set to expire on Aug. 31, to its national prior authorization program on Sept. 1. Currently, the agency has two codes in the national program: K0856 and K0861, two complex rehab codes.“This is something the industry...

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AAH surveys providers on PMD demo

May 15, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare's Complex Rehab & Mobility Council is collecting feedback from providers about the prior authorization demonstration project for power mobility devices currently taking place in 19 states. Responses to the council's brief online survey are due by May 25. “The PMD prior authorization program has been a win-win for the HME industry and for CMS, and information from this survey will bolster our efforts in working toward a nationwide, permanent prior authorization program...

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CMS plans to extend PMD demo

February 9, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - It looks like CMS plans to extend a demonstration project requiring prior authorizations for power mobility devices, according to a notice posted in the Federal Register on Feb. 7. The demo, in place in 19 states, is set to expire at the end of August. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 requires federal agencies to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of...

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Q&A: Permobil's Darren Jernigan on a tough election

November 23, 2016Tracy Orzel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - This election hasn't been easy on anyone, even on those who won. “I was one of the few democrats that survived in Tennessee,” said Darren Jernigan, director of government affairs at Permobil, who is about to start his third term as a state representative. “(The elections) are every two years—it's wearing me out.” HME News recently spoke with Jernigan about “serving two masters” and what stakeholders should expect in the new political climate.HME...

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OIG issues mid-year update

June 8, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Power mobility devices and orthotic braces are among the product categories under review by the Office of Inspector General, according to a new report.The OIG released its Mid-Year Update for 2016 on June 7.Necessary and compliantThe OIG will perform several reviews to determine whether claims were medically necessary and compliant with Medicare requirements. Affected product categories include orthotic braces, nebulizers and related drugs, and power mobility devices.System editsThe...

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Changing PMD rules create moving target

December 11, 2015Tracy Orzel

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Office of Inspector General's recent audit of mobility giant Hoveround raises questions about how the agency applies standards and extrapolates overpayment amounts.Out of a sample of 200 randomly selected Hoveround claims for PMDs from 2010, the OIG found 154 did not meet Medicare requirements. Of those, the agency says 144 did not meet medical necessity requirements and 10 had incomplete documentation.But Hoveround argues the OIG applied incorrect standards and is calling for...

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PMD claims without G code are suspect, OIG says

January 23, 2015HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Office of Inspector General (OIG) calls into question claims for power mobility devices (PMDs) without corresponding G-code claims in a new report.CMS introduced G0372 in 2005 for physicians to establish and document the need for PMDs.The OIG found that for PMD claims with corresponding G-code claims, Medicare paid the claims in accordance with federal requirements for face-to-face requirements of beneficiaries. It found for claims without corresponding G-code claims, however, that...

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PMD template: Time to re-engage, stakeholders say

December 6, 2013Elizabeth Deprey

WASHINGTON - A proposed electronic clinical template for power mobility devices (PMDs) is now being tested. As part of a pilot project that kicked off in November, CMS has begun allowing physicians to use the template to collect relevant information while evaluating a patient's mobility needs.“It's really important that DME and complex rehab suppliers become engaged in this process,” said Laura Cohen, executive director of The Clinician Task Force. “It's going to be finished...

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