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CMS makes concessions for support surfaces

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06/07/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS has implemented a shorter, five-day turnaround time for prior authorizations for support surfaces, but there are no changes to the coverage criteria, CMS officials said during a Special Open Door Forum on June 4.

CMS provides new details on prior auth process

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06/05/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS will turn around requests for prior authorizations for support surfaces in five business days, the agency announced during a Special Open Door Forum on Tuesday.

CMS will turn around expedited requests in two days, it says.

Prior auth for Group 2 support surfaces squeezes hospital discharges

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Andrea Stark
reimbursement consultant, MiraVista

With CMS launching a new mandatory prior authorization program for group 2 support surfaces in July, suppliers are understandably concerned about accommodating patients with immediate needs for pressure support, particularly upon hospital discharge.

CMS bulks up PA program

Agency also adds four codes to ‘Master List’
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04/19/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS has added seven codes for complex rehab power mobility devices and five codes for support surfaces to the national prior authorization program, AAHomecare reports.
The agency will roll the PMD codes into the program within 90 days, or July 21 by the association’s estimates.

Compass Health makes second buy this year

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08/03/2016

CLEVELAND – Compass Health Brands has acquired Meridian Medical, a manufacturer of gel overlays, cushions, support surfaces, lymphedema systems and respiratory products.

Jurisdiction B releases review results for support surfaces, CPAP devices

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08/22/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine – Group 2 pressure reducing support surfaces had a claims error rate of 73.7% from April 1, 2014, to June 30, 2014, the Jurisdiction B DME MAC has reported.

MAC publishes prepay reviews for support surfaces, glucose monitors

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02/13/2014

INDIANAPOLIS – The claim error rate for Group 2 pressure reducing support surfaces (E0277) was 74% between July 1, 2013, and Sept. 31, 2013, according to a prepay review by National Government Services (NGS), the DME MAC for Jurisdiction B.

KCI gets out of bed business

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09/25/2012

SAN ANTONIO – Getinge AB, a player in the European support surfaces market, is positioning itself to become a major player on this side of the Atlantic with its acquisition of Kinetic Concept, Inc.’s (KCI) support surfaces business.

KCI sells bed business

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08/17/2012

SAN ANTONIO – Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) announced Aug. 15 that it has made good on its plan to offload its hospital bed business, selling it for $275 million to Swedish company Getinge AB.