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Mobility providers balk at single code system


YARMOUTH, Maine – Mobility providers aren’t lining up to support a CMS proposal to describe, and pay for, standard manual and standard power wheelchairs each under a single code.  

CMS proposal oversimplifies wheelchair provision


WASHINGTON – The devil’s in the details, and the lack of details in CMS’s proposal to implement bundled monthly payments for standard manual and power wheelchairs has stakeholders on edge.

ICD-10 lurks in shadows


WASHINGTON – It may not be the documentation change grabbing headlines, but the transition to ICD-10, scheduled for Oct. 1, will still muck up the process for HME, industry consultants say.

Orthotics codes become trickier to bill


BALTIMORE – The 2014 Medicare DMEPOS fee schedule could create billing confusion for orthotics providers.

Coding decision redirects RemZzzs


JACKSON, Mich. – RemZzzs may not have given up on restoring Medicare coverage for its CPAP mask liners, but the company, in at least one way, has moved on.

Manuals: Coding decisions cause complications


ATLANTA – Two recent coding decisions by the PDAC that involve manual wheelchairs are putting patient access at risk, says Rita Hostak, vice president of government relations for Sunrise Medical.

On the record with Rita Hostak

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

When it comes to the industry’s government relations professionals, Sunrise Medical’s Rita Hostak is one of the toughest to track down. She prefers to ply her trade behind the scenes.