There seems to be a bit of panic spreading in the therapy community, that is more of a misunderstanding regarding the standing of private practice therapists providing DME supplies for their patients. There seems to be a particular concern for those providing hand therapy services including splints, and wondering if they have to meet the October 1, 2009 deadline for accreditation….
Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have jointly announced the creation of a new fraud initiation called HEAT: the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team. The expansion of the Medicare Strike Force team operations to Detroit and Houston was also announced. Medicare Fraud Strike Forces are currently operating …
If you are planning to enroll in Medicare as a Speech-Language Pathologist, mark your calendar for next Tuesday, June 2nd. That is the date that CMS will begin accepting applications. Speech language pathologists will be able to submit claims to Medicare (outpatient therapy, Part B) beginning July 1, 2009. In order to enroll in Medicare a speech-language pathologist must have an NPI number….
CMS has released CR 6381, and the corresponding Transmittal R106BP to the Medicare Benefits Policy Manual and Transmittal R1717CP to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual. CMS announces that Medicare will begin paying for appropriate claims submitted by enrolled speech-language pathologists for services provided in private practice on or after July 1, 2009. …
For the first time Speech Language Pathologists may now apply to have independent supplier standing with Medicare. This will put SLPs on a par with private practice physical and occupational therapists. While there are many SLPs in private practice today, they have not been able to participate in the Medicare program as an independent pracitioner. SLPs currently particiapte in outpatient therapy services with Medicare by being part of a hospital outpatient department, a Rehab Agency or a CORF, all “providers” with Medicare. Subscribe to our feed
Speech language pathologists may apply for supplier status with Medicare beginning on June 1, 2009, with an effective date of program participation with Medicare no earlier than July 1, 2009. Initial applications initiate with the Medicare contractor (carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor [MAC]). SLPs may also form group practices, so in addition to the individual application, a group application, as well as reassignment of benefits, must also be filled out. Look for more information, and an upcoming webinar from Dynamic Learning Online.
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