Accreditation Now

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 >
I'm sure you get the same emails I do each week from vendors offering ways to increase your sales by adding new products and product lines. But the question you need to ask is, “Will these... Read more >
Accredited HME companies have several human resource tasks that they are required to perform throughout the year, such as documenting orientation, having job descriptions and evaluating staff... Read more >
Accredited providers are required to have plans for emergencies and disasters, and the fall is a great time of year to review them in preparation for any potential winter crises. Emergencies are... Read more >
As I write this column, I have just completed a full day of education at a conference for health care compliance officers. The attendees range from attorneys and high-level executives from major... Read more >