Revenue Cycle Management (RCM)

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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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    Updated DMEPOS Codes Fee Schedule 2019

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updates the DMEPOS fee schedule on an annual basis in accordance with statutes and regulations. Payment on a fee schedule basis is required for certain Durable Medical Equipment (DME), prosthetic devices, orthotics, prosthetics, and surgical dressings by Section1834 (a), (h), and (i) of the Social Security Act (the Act). Additionally, payment on a fee schedule basis is a regulatory requirement at 42 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Section 414.102 for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (PEN), splints, casts and Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) inserted in a physician’s office. The DMEPOS and PEN fee schedule files contain 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 (CBP) adjustments. New Codes Added New DMEPOS codes added to the HCPCS file, effective January 1, 2019, where applicable, are A4563, A5514, A6460, A6461, B4105, E0447, E0467, L8608, L8698, L8701, L8702, V5171, V5172, V5181, V5211, V5212, V5213, V5214, V5215, and V5221. The new codes are not to be used for billing purposes until they are effective on January 1, 2019. As part of this…

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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 which 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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    Recent Policy development for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Billing

    The US Healthcare industry in its true sense is passing through a transition period, where each medical specialty is waiting on the fence, to find out if there is any further development to their current regime. In those specialties, the Durable Medical Equipment suppliers are also looking for information and updates that would normalize their business, streamline the revenue cycle and are hands-on with their DME billing and coding procedures. The use of durable medical equipment in the home, while not a recent development, was formally recognized by the Congress with the passage of the original Medicare legislation. Since that time the statute has been amended to provide for a more workable, economical, and desirable interface among the administrative, supplier, and user communities. So with regards to renting, purchasing or repairing and maintenance of Durable Medical equipment here are some developments you should keep in mind for perfect reimbursement. Durable medical equipment billing recent policy developments: As a thumb rule, DME requires a prescription to rent or purchase, as applicable, before it is eligible for coverage. Certain items must be rented and may not be purchased (under “Capped Rentals”). Certain other items must be rented prior to being converted to…

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    CMS Relaxes the Date for CURES Act Changes for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Billing

    CMS has now backed off from the initial date of Dec 31, 2017, and stated that it will work with state Medicaid programs for a different compliance and reimbursement plans. CURES ACT related to Medicaid update was first released in early December. In a view of various physicians and surgeons, CMS has now revised the ruling stating that Medicaid directors will not have an impossible deadline and will look to seek a more collaborative approach related to the compliance. The original letter dated Dec 27, 2017, stated that state Medicaid programs had to notify CMS of their decision of aggregate payment comparisons or alternative approach to compliance. This gave state programs a few days to make an important decision on medical billing. The new guidance issued by CMS on 4th Jan gave in the more flexible structure of guidelines for the state programs to follow. State facilities that decided to change their state Medicaid plan for the DME payment. For this the facilities who pay at or less than Medicare rates for the DME products or the facilities who have amended the state developed fee schedules, all the above facilities must submit a state amendment plan by March 31, 2018.…

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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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    A bid program for Durable Medical Equipment(DME)?

    Recently the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) made payment policy recommendations for non-competitively bid Durable Medical Equipment. And if internal reports are to be believed, MedPAC plans to recommend that CMS shift more products away from the excessive fee schedule to bid rates. Also, it plans to call for immediate reduced payment rates for certain non-CBP products, while CMS works on incorporating them into the CBP. Alternatively, there are plans to recommend a policy option that would have CMS consider capping balance billing (specialty billing) at a percentage of the fee schedule rate and reduce the allowed amount by 5% for non-participating providers. Shifting the Bidding Program can DMEs a fortune A new research paper published in Health Affairs found that Medicare’s competitive bidding program is expected to save CMS $25.7 billion on durable medical equipment. This amount is calculated on a 10-year basis.  The program is expected to save about as much as what large commercial insurers save by negotiating with suppliers. The research found out that the early stages of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment Billing; Competitive Bidding Program resulted on average of 35% lower prices than the CMS’ 2010 fee schedule, which is how CMS determined payment…

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