Softgait makes it easy to add new business

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

FLETCHER, N.C. – A new tool that connects DME providers with a nationwide network of certified shoe fitters aims to help providers kick-start a therapeutic shoe business without having to incur a lot of expense, says Marcus Suess.

“It’s an easy add-on product line for 2018,” said Suess, vice president of new business development for Softgait. “Let’s get DME companies together with fitters and create scale that way because alone, as we journey through competitive bidding and everything else, alone DMEs are weak.”

The cloud-based Softgait tracks and documents every step of the process, from intake to inventory to compliance. The patient is connected with a local fitter who schedules the appointment to assess and fit the patient, and then uploads the information. Once the DME provider approves the paperwork, the fitter orders the shoes and delivers them to the patient.

“We know that it’s profitable for the DME and good for the fitter,” he said. “The DME can go ahead, they’ve got all the paperwork, they’ve got all the delivery pieces—everything they need to bill the insurance.”

The average reimbursement for a pair of diabetic shoes is about $350, says Suess.

The shoe company bills the DME and the DME pays the fitter at rates that have been pre-negotiated by Softgait. There are no start-up costs and no monthly fees. Providers pay only when they connect with the shoe fitter on an order, says Suess. Softgait can be used on its own or integrated with an existing billing system.

For Suess, who started in the DME business in 2001 providing diabetic shoes before getting into diabetes testing supplies, its like comng full circle.

“For me, its fun to be back in the mix,” he said.

 

Comments

Grateful to be featured in HME News.

We're excited to bring this solution to the DME/HME industry. For more information about SoftGait, you can view our page here: https://www.softgait.com/
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Jason

Hi all,

Just wanted to add the url in there. Softgait.com is where you can find more information.

Thank you to Theresa and the HME news team!

I honestly believe this software will change this industry throughout 2018. Anyone who does not participate will leave a lot of money on the table. Everyone I know using Softgait are rapidly expanding thier compaines and also seeing sizable profits. This is definitely something worth checking out. 

Sounds like a wonderful solution for DME and fitters!!!

After all the Medicare reimbursement cuts, this will make the therapeutic footwear business profitable again.