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Are You Throwing $200K Away? Gain reimbursement for
items that you already provide


If your practice already sends patients home with a month's worth of dressings, or provides complicated wound care supplies, you could be losing out. If your practice enrolled as a durable medical equipment provider, you could bill Medicare for those supplies.

One multi-specialty group looked into enrolling either its podiatry practice or its ambulatory surgery center as a DME supplier, says Wendy Ross, vice president of operations with the Medical Technology Group in Bradenton, FL. The group decided not to pursue DME licensure, even though Ross believes the group loses over $200,000 per year in potential DME revenue.

"They lose money every month because they cannot bill for DME," Ross says of the group. "If you are providing the supply and it is reimbursable," you should make "every effort" to obtain DME licensure, she insists.

Becoming a durable medical equipment provider involves submitting an application to Medicare's National Supplier Clearinghouse, passing a site inspection and complying with a list of supplier standards. Also, your state may require you to obtain a license and comply with local requirements.