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Medicare Admits Problems with Equipment Repairs, says AAHomecare
Date:8/25/2014

pan itemprop="name">Kim Brummett, vice president of AAHomecare regulatory affairs. "I am excited to see CMS listening and responding to industry concerns. This development is evidence of the success of collaboration."   

See the full guidance from CMS here.

Medicare's inability to arrange repairs for patients' power wheelchairs has become widespread as a direct result of a national Medicare bidding program. The way CMS awarded contracts has driven hundreds of companies out of business and proven to be a danger to the very people it is supposed to help.

Hear about William Welch's struggle to get his wheelchair repaired.

John J. Letizia, president of Laurel Medical Supplies, Inc. in Pennsylvania and vice chairman of AAHomecare, explained that in order to be reimbursed for repairing power wheelchairs, CMS required companies to collect the documentation of medical necessity that was originally submitted when the beneficiary was approved to receive the equipment. That becomes a problem, Letizia said, when the supplier who provided the equipment is out of business and there is no access to the paperwork.

"In many cases, CMS wants patients to go to the doctor and get the documentation from them. For patients with serious medical conditions, that can be a challenge. If your power wheelchair is broken, and you've lost your ability to move around, getting to the doctor to justify that you need a wheelchair that you already have can s
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