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DME MACs Publish Revised “Dear Physician” Letter Regarding Documentation of Orthotic and Prosthetic Services

On November 13, 2018, the DME MACs published a revised Dear Physician letter that addresses the Medicare requirements for documentation within the referring physician’s medical records that support the medical necessity of orthotic and prosthetic services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.  This letter replaces an early Dear Physician letter, issued in August, 2011 that was retired […]

CMS Proposes OTS Spinal Orthoses and OTS Knee Orthoses as Product Categories for Next Round of Competitive Bidding

On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is soliciting comments on its proposed inclusion of off-the-shelf spinal orthoses and off-the-shelf knee orthoses as product categories in the next round of Medicare competitive bidding.  This announcement came on the same day that the final rule on changes to […]

HCPCS Code Changes for 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for 2019, and there were a few minor changes. Below is a complete breakdown of the code changes which will be effective for claims with a date of service on or after January 1, 2019. New […]

DME MACs Announce a Minor Revision to the LCD for Lower Limb Prostheses

On November 1, 2018, the four Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) released an updated Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for lower limb prostheses.  Since the changes to the LCD were minimal and do not restrict coverage, the notice and comment period required by the 21st Century Cures Act does not apply to this […]