Medical Equipment

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    Physician Liability for DMEPOS Medical Necessity

    The Medicare program only pays for health care services that are medically necessary. In determining what services are medically necessary, Medicare primarily relies on the professional judgment of the beneficiary’s treating physician, since he or she knows the patient’s history and makes critical decisions, such as admitting the patient to the hospital; ordering tests, drugs, and treatments; and determining the length of treatment. In other words, the physician has a key role in determining both the medical need for, and utilization of, many health care services, including those furnished and billed by other providers and suppliers. Physicians are required to certify to the medical necessity for any service for which they submit bills to the Medicare program. Physicians are involved in attesting to medical necessity when ordering services or supplies that must be billed and provided by an independent supplier or provider. Medicare requires physicians to certify to the medical necessity for many of these items and services through prescriptions, orders, or, in certain specific circumstances, Certificates of Medical Necessity (CMNs). These documentation requirements substantiate that the physician has reviewed the patient’s condition and has determined that services or supplies are medically necessary. Two areas where the documentation of medical…

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    Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Fee Schedule Update 2019

    Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Fee Schedule Update 2019

    CMS happens to announce in the year 2019 about Medicare fee schedule rates for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). The 2019 update factor is 2.3%, although other pricing policies are applied in specific circumstances. The DMEPOS and PEN fee schedule files contain the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes that are subject to the adjusted fee schedule amounts under Section 1834(a)(1)(F) as well as codes that are not subject to the fee schedule Competitive Bidding Program adjustments. For CY 2019, the following Fee Schedule Adjustment Methodologies apply and fee schedule amounts are based on the area in which the items and services are furnished. Fee Schedule Amounts for Areas within the Contiguous United States To determine the adjusted fee schedule amounts, the average of Single Payment Amounts from CBPs located in eight different regions of the contiguous United States are used to adjust the fee schedule amounts for the states located in each of the eight regions. These Regional SPAs or RSPAs are also subject to a national ceiling 110 percent of the average of the RSPAs for all contiguous states plus the District of Columbia) and a national floor (90% of the average of the…

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    Durable Medical Billing (DME) facilities need outsourcing medical coding?

    With over 19 years of experience in Durable Medical Billing (DME) through errors and compliances, we have understated a few paths for DME clients. Every month we add new clients with thousands of dollars are lost in mishandling and unpaid claims in numerous fields of healthcare, including Durable Medical Equipment (DME). Added to this is the multifaceted billing and coding procedures, and the claim requirements of Medicare, Medicaid, and other private insurance companies. To ensure accurate reimbursements and timely revenues, it is imperative to hire an outsourcing agency as it works as a smart solution and completes all the billing and coding requirements; and assists in organizing the entire processes at a fraction of the in-house operating costs. It also makes the in-house billing and coding department’s work a lot easier, less time consuming, and lesser issues related to legalities. Equipment that provides therapeutic benefits to patients who are in need due to certain medical ailments is categorized as DME. It is also known as Home Medical Equipment (HME) and is able to withstand repeated use. Equipment’s considered as DMEs are prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, oxygen equipment, insulin pumps, walkers, hospital beds, power mobility devices, etc. It is known that around…

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    Increase Collection of Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Provider’s

    Medical billing and coding is an integral part of your revenue cycle management. It not only concentrates on posting accurate payments but invariable increase the collection of your facility as well. Today, most medical facilities, solo practitioners, healthcare units, and clinics employ dedicated medical billing and coding companies to optimize the entire income cycle. This way, they can fully concentrate on their core undertaking, while the experts at charging do their job. In simple terms, Durable Medical Equipment refers to wheelchairs, braces, shower chairs, and other assisted living equipment needed by the patients. These gears are generally purchased as an outpatient entity. Preapproval in DME billing is critical It does not matter if your patients are insured through Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers’ Compensation or through a private insurance carrier. Almost all DME claims must be pre-approved prior to the submission of the medical billing claims. Many of these policies have strict guidelines, which must be followed in order for the DME medical billing claim to be reimbursed. Some providers will require that the DME be purchased through their own sources and have a listing of specified providers. Many HMOs are very strict about the DME they will reimburse a medical…

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    Lacking in AR Management can Harm Your Durable Medical Equipment Revenue

    Accounts Receivable (AR) is a key parameter in the financial division of every healthcare facility. It is defined as the money owed by the healthcare facility for the services rendered to the patients. Being a vital aspect of the revenue cycle management, the cash flow of the healthcare facility is directly proportional to the managing of AR. AR is calculated as: Total charges for last 6 months/number of days in last 6 months = average daily charges Total AR / average daily charges = days in AR AR can be duly managed if the medical billing and coding professionals are knowledgeable about coding parameters, insurance rules, timely claim filing and follow up (of regular and rejected claims). Usually, the healthcare facility is paid by the insurance and the patient. A delay in either of these negatively affects revenues and leaves a great deal on the table. Hence, it is imperative to monitor the AR on a continuous basis. And this must be done by professionals who know the healthcare practices’ contract terms claims adjudication. The professionals managing AR must also know how to calculate copays which the patients are required to pay. Other practices to be followed are: prior authorization,…

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    Are You Conducting The Right Follow Up On All The DME Denied Claims?

    Are You Conducting The Right Follow Up On All The DME Denied Claims?

    Getting to know the basics of denial management is vital for successfully running a medical practice and Durable medical equipment (DME) facility. Facilities that are showing positive bottom-line numbers at the end of each month will generally have denial rates below 2%-3%. Also, nowadays payers are embarking system software’s so they can identify different payment procedures that apply the contract requirements. For some insurers, it seems that the procedure is skewed to effect denial, whenever anything is unclear. Along with this, most insurance companies expect only a fraction of DME facilities to follow-up on the claim and resubmit a corrected version. Clearly, producing clean claims saves facilities money. Indeed, even with the rising number of claims being denied all the time, DME facilities must not lose heart. There are numerous ways to answer the issue of, how to rectify increasing claim denial rates. Practices can obviously target regular zones of through where a claim denial occurs, but looking beyond the traditional norms is not just enough. Today, even a minute DME billing and a coding mistake can lead to a denial or delayed reimbursement. And in such a scenario, if you are not applying the right kind follow up procedures,…

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    Digging Deep in DME coding: External Elements that streamline your Medical Billing

    Medical billing and coding from the outside may look like an easy on the run job, but it has much more intricacies that what you can imagine. The Durable Medical Equipment charges, which have different ‘codifications’, altogether are is making life worse for DME owners to sustain a streamlined revenue cycle, as most of the claims are being denied or delayed due to incorrect coding or billing information. The moot question that arises here is how can DME suppliers go to the root cause of the daily coding issues. Can they use external elements to streamline their entire billing cycle and aging AR days? Let’s find out. If you are into medical billing and coding, durable medical equipment may scare you as its coding complexities are deeply rooted in HCPCS or Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System Level II codes and Medicare’s policies. Not to worry, as there are many ways to fine-tune your DME coding abilities by digging into the DME and exploiting how to properly assign HCPCS Level II codes for billing. Firstly, one needs to start by getting their hands dirty and scooping away the top layer of DME by defining it. Next, you need to dig deeper…

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