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DME Rules

Posted about 4 years ago by Michelle Litchman

To Utah Nurse Practitioners,

Thanks you to those of you who responded to the call to contact your Senators and Representatives regarding ordering DME. The regulations have been delayed for three months. See an update from AANP below. Please be prepared to act again when asked. Please help us help you, thanks!

ALERT 

DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT – IMPLEMENTATION DELAYED UNTIL 
OCTOBER 1, 2013
 


In an alert issued by CMS today, June 27, 2013, entitled Additional Time to Establish Protocols for Newly Required Face-to-Face Encounters for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) the agency stated, “Due to concerns that some providers and suppliers may need additional time to establish operational protocols necessary to comply with face-to-face encounter requirements mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for certain items of DME, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will start actively enforcing and will expect full compliance with the DME face-to-face requirements beginning on October 1, 2013.” The full text of the CMS alert: 
http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medical-Review/FacetoFaceEncounterRequirementforCertainDurableMedicalEquipment.html 

AANP would like to thank each of you who responded to the request to contact your Members of Congress which garnered over 3,000 letters. We believe these efforts compelled CMS to delay the implementation of this requirement. 

We now have 90 days to continue a dialogue with CMS on the concerns NPs have with this requirement. As always, we will continue to provide you with updates on this matter as discussions progress. 

Again we thank you for your efforts; they truly made an impact. 

Mary Anne Sapio 
Vice President Federal Government Affairs 
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 
225 Reinekers Ln. Suite 525
Alexandria, VA 22314 
Tel. 703-740-2529 x222 
Cell: 202-288-2112 
Email: msapio@aanp.org 
Web: www.aanp.org