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Medicare permits walker upgrades

March 28, 2014Letter to the Editor

Persistence paid off in this case. Below is the final determination from Medicare since the initial HME News article (“Unbundling trips up providers,” December 2013).The DME Medical Directors have decided that hand brakes are different from glide-type brakes and can be billed at initial issue for some walkers (i.e., E0143 is the most common HCPCS code billed) per the related Policy Article for Walkers. Use A9270 when billing hand brakes and other enhancement...

Sylvia Toscano, walkers

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Unbundling trips up providers

November 22, 2013Elizabeth Deprey

YARMOUTH, Maine - Provider Brent Bradshaw says Round 2 of competitive bidding has sparked a disturbing trend: contract suppliers billing patients for brake attachments for walkers that CMS has already paid for.CMS last month cautioned providers about “unbundling” walkers and brake attachments. When providers sell walkers with brake attachments (E0141, E0143 and E0149), reimbursement is for the whole unit, the agency stated.Bradshaw, president of Durable Medical Equipment Inc., in Austin,...

Andrea Stark, Brent Bradshaw, Competitive Bidding, Dave Mills, round 2, unbundling, walkers

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Walker, rollator customers say, 'Bling my ride'

December 28, 2012Elizabeth Deprey

NEW BERLIN, Wis. - Who says walkers and rollators can't be fly? Not Home Care Medical, which recently launched a campaign to personalize the often-utilitarian items.The provider's “Bling Your Ride” promotion, features walker bags, cane holders, cup holders, and seat and back covers that offer stylish options for customers.“They can design their walkers or rollators the way they want,” said Heather Lotz-Klug, manager of retail sales. “These items are practical yet edgy...

Home Medical Equipment, Retail, rollators, walkers

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