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.
Palmetto GBA, lists the exemptions chart pertaining to the accreditation and surety bond requirements. In a nutshell physical therapists and occupational therapists are exempt from the accreditation requirements. Additonally physical therapists and occupational therapists are exempt from the surety bond requirements if the following three conditions are met:
- The business is solely owned and operated by the PT/OT
- The items are furnished only to the PT/OT’s own patients as part of his/hers professional service and,
- The business if only billing for orthotics, prosthetics and supplies
If you are a practicing therapist meeting the description above, but have received notification that you must provide evidence of accreditation or a surety bond, it is impertivie to contact the Clearinghouse and ensure that your application data on file contains documentation of your exemption if you so qualify. Appropriate contact information is posted on the Palmetto GBA website.
DMEPOS suppliers are encouraged to view the accreditation and surety bond frequently asked questions for more detailed information.