Accreditation Now

On October 1, the nation will adopt the new ICD-10 diagnosis code set. It's the 10th edition of The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, published by the... Read more >
Having survived all of this year's ice and snow, we turn our attention toward spring and summer and the possibility of other major storms that can affect us. A comprehensive and individualized... Read more >
As we often like to remind our payers, even though DME suppliers are treated and reimbursed as if we are simply an equipment rental company, we are much more than that. As a part of the health care... Read more >
Think back to the first time you were accredited, which was probably way back in the summer of 2009. You were then re-accredited in 2012. Was your re-accreditation more challenging than the initial... Read more >
After several retractions, CMS announced that Jan. 6, 2014, is the day that Phase Two of the Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) will go into effect. PECOS is the... Read more >
I know it’s hard to believe, but there are many new DME suppliers getting into the business these days, in both competitive and non-competitive bidding areas. Our office is constantly contacted... Read more >
As the New Year is beginning, it seems fit to review one of the annual requirements we have from our accreditors: Annual Education. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Final... Read more >
In the last three weeks I’ve had to replace both my laptop and my cell phone. While some data can be transferred easily from one device to another, other information and passwords need to be... Read more >
There has been a bit of concern lately regarding the connection between accreditation, bids submitted in Round Two of Competitive Bidding and your Comprehensive Product List. Effective March... Read more >
It’s time for three-fourths of accredited providers to renew accreditation. A majority of these providers were accredited for the first time in 2009, and now their triennial accreditation... Read more >
Over 98,000 DME providers became accredited or re-accredited in 2008 and 2009. More than three-quarters of them became accredited for the first time. That means three out of four providers on a... Read more >
Many DME suppliers seem to think that once they become accredited, communication with their accreditor can move to the back burner for the next two to three years. But this could not be further from... Read more >
The majority of HME companies that began the accreditation process started in 2008, and now those suppliers will be due for accreditation renewal in 2011 — which is just over one month away.... Read more >
I had the opportunity to speak one-to-one with many accredited DME suppliers recently at a pharmacy trade show. The majority had been accredited for more than a year, and many had questions about the... Read more >
There are many questions about the recently passed health care reform act and how it affects pharmacies and accreditation. We do not know how CMS will implement the components of this law, but we do... Read more >