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PMD data not clear-cut, stakeholders say


WASHINGTON – Spending on power mobility devices in seven states has dropped nearly 50%, from $20 million in September 2012 to $11 million in June 2013, according to a recent CMS update on the PMD demo.

PMD demo: Spending plummets across the country


WASHINGTON – CMS has cut spending for power mobility devices by more than half since the PMD demo began, according to a Sept. 28 update.

PMD Demo: CMS's takeaway


HME News reached out to CMS in September to ask for its thoughts on the PMD demo after one year. Here’s what the agency had to say:

How is the demo going?

Could bidding throw a wrench in the PMD demo?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

You probably know Doug Westerdahl of Rochester, N.Y.-based Monroe Wheelchair. He’s extremely active in the complex rehab community and is a very sharp businessman.


Demo needs tweaks


The PMD demo could work in other states, say stakeholders—if a few key changes are made. 

CMS on PMD demo: Denials increase, spending drops


WASHINGTON – Stakeholders say CMS’s recent update on the PMD demo doesn’t paint the whole picture.

Update on PMD demo: Spending drops 50%


BALTIMORE – Spending on power mobility devices (PMDs) has taken a nosedive ever since CMS implemented a demonstration project that requires providers to submit prior authorization requests before supplying equipment.

Demo frustrates in Jurisdiction B


WASHINGTON – Sending in each power wheelchair prior authorization request to the DME MAC multiple times has added more than a month of wait time for patients, says provider Lu Ann Davis.

CMS launches PMD demo website


WASHINGTON – National Government Services, the DME MAC for Jurisdiction B, has developed a new website for providers submitting prior authorization requests as part of the PMD demo in seven states.

CMS dishes on demo


HME News reached out to CMS to get its thoughts on the PMD demo. Here’s what the agency had to say.

How’s it going?