Tuesday, October 28, 2008

You must get going on accreditation!!

CMS has set Sept. 30, 2009, as the deadline by which all DMEPOS suppliers must be accredited in order to continue Medicare billing privileges. During the conference, Bastinelli also urged providers to get their accreditation applications in by Jan. 31, 2009, in order to make sure they have time to meet the September deadline. CMS has said it cannot guarantee accreditation for providers who do not apply to one of its approved accrediting bodies by Jan. 31.
-This quote is coming right out of the final rule that was published on Medicare's website on October 14, 2008.
I have checked out the 10 accrediting body websites and they are all saying that the first site visit would be scheduled six months after your initial contact.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Advanced Beneficiary Notice with Medicare

September 1, 2008 Mandatory ABN submission on statutorily non-covered items from Medicare. Continue to bill with the GY modifier.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


It seems lately that I have had difficulty convincing folks who are not in the accreditation process yet to GET GOING! Yes, it is intrusive, expensive and time consuming but here are some great reasons to get motivated:
1. After September 2009, if you bill Medicare in ANY capacity, your Medicare supplier number will be inactivated and you will not be able to participate in the Medicare program without being either in the process of obtaining your accreditation certificate or already accredited.
2. Once you go through this process you will be able to become a preferred provider for all insurance carriers much quicker and easier. Thus reducing your dependence on Medicare as the sole source of revenue.
3. Accrediting companies get your business in order and prepared for a carrier audit. This will give you peace of mind as well as help you run your business as streamlined as possible.
4. The longer you wait, you will run the risk of the accrediting companies getting backlogged and charging whatever they want. Medicare only recognizes ten companies.

Here is the list of Medicare's approved accrediting bodies:

-- Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
-- Community Health Accreditation Program
-- Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation
-- National Board of Accreditation for Orthotic Suppliers
-- Board of Certification in Pedorthics
-- Accreditation Commission for Healthcare, Inc
-- Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification
-- National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
-- Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
-- American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc.
-- The Compliance Team, Inc.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fall Reminder

Just a reminder as we head into fall...... Medicare timely filing is running out for dates of service Oct. 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007. If you have outstanding accounts receivables from these dates of service you can outsource these problems to DMe Billing Solutions now. We can work on the cleanup using Claim Status Inquiry. These last few months go quick to give us a call 704.642.1061.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Surprising pitfall for clients

A big pitfall for some of my clients has been not informing Medicare that their business address or incorporation status has changed. This may seem simple enough but I have have been surprised how many clients have fallen into this problem. If Medicare tries to send the supplier something (check?) and it is returned, then your Medicare supplier number is turned off. It's that simple; except it will take about three months to get it turned back on again. One of my suppliers was denied a reinstatement and it took them six months to go through the process all over again. This was a crippling experience for them. If as a new supplier you set up as a sole proprietor and then change to an LLC or Inc. then Medicare has to be informed immediately. Keep in mind that when you change incorporation status you will recieve new Medicare supplier number. Here is a list of reasons that will get your Medicare supplier number revoked:

change of address not on file, change of incorporation, change of ownership/partnership status, beneficiary calls Medicare becuase they can't get in touch with the supplier, did not file CMS855S renewal paperwork in a timely manor & very soon, not being an accredited supplier by September 30, 2009

There are lots of other reasons that your supplier number can be revoked but the rest are criminal reasons. I am not an attorney so I can't comment on those problems!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Purpose of the blog

Hi there!

I intend to use this blog to communicate to my readers some of the pitfalls and snaggs that my clients have run into and how we/they handled the problems. Billing durable medical equipment is not straight forward and "easy". I am contacted daily by companies that have a great idea for starting a DME business. The Medicare climate has changed drastically and will continue to do so in 2009. Hopefully this blog will help folks steer clear of situations that have not reared their ugly head yet or help folks work through tough situations that have already come up. Please feel free to post your comments!