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CMS to loosen referral requirements for therapeutic shoes

November 13, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS will launch a demonstration project to allow nurse practitioners to certify that therapeutic shoes are necessary. Effective Jan. 1, 2021 -Dec. 31, 2025, beneficiaries with diabetes are eligible for the standard Medicare diabetic shoe and shoe inserts benefit if a nurse practitioner refers or certifies the beneficiary. Normally, these items are covered only if a physician refers or certifies. The benefit, including volume limits on supplies and billing requirements, is not changing...

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Senate bill would increase access to therapeutic shoes

June 29, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have introduced a bill that would allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify diabetes patients' need for therapeutic shoes. “Therapeutic shoes are a proven method for preventing costly and painful complications related to diabetes, yet current Medicare regulations force patients to endure a time consuming process to obtain them,” said Collins, the founder and co-chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus....

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Specialty Providers

Softgait makes it easy to add new business

January 23, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

FLETCHER, N.C. - A new tool that connects DME providers with a nationwide network of certified shoe fitters aims to help providers kick-start a therapeutic shoe business without having to incur a lot of expense, says Marcus Suess.“It's an easy add-on product line for 2018,” said Suess, vice president of new business development for Softgait. “Let's get DME companies together with fitters and create scale that way because alone, as we journey through competitive bidding and everything...

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Business Development

Medicare, Medicaid strain diabetes market

October 21, 2016John Andrews

Despite continually increasing demand for diabetes products and services from the public, the business of furnishing these items has gotten more difficult due to competitive bidding, stringent policies and fee schedules, vendors say.Research from the National Institutes of Health shows a burgeoning potential market for diabetes supply, with an estimated 21 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes, 8.1 million still undiagnosed, and more than 79 million with at-risk blood glucose levels. Yet these...

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Business Development

Key in O&P: Take cash, be clinical

January 24, 2014John Andrews

Orthotics and prosthetics, as well as other related specialty products, represent a significant opportunity for HME retail sales, manufacturers contend.Orthotic and prosthetic products, combined with garments like compression hosiery and therapeutic shoes, offer a wide range of cash items to display and sell to prospective customers looking for health and wellness products, says Melissa Gwozdz, public relations and brand identity agent for Peachtree City, Ga.-based Sigvaris.“The variety of...

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Aetrex: Want free shoes for life?

October 11, 2012HME News Staff

TEANECK, N.J. - Aetrex, a manufacturer of therapeutic shoes, has launched a “Free Shoes for Life” sweepstakes to raise awareness of the benefits of what it calls “comfort and wellness footwear products.” To win a free pair of shoes for the rest of their life, consumers must visit a local provider, have their foot scanned using Aetrex's iStep and provide their name and email address. The contest runs through May 31, 2014. As part of the sweepstakes, Aetrex is also drawing attention...

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