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August 22, 2014 #5,144 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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DME UPDATE
NSC Clarifies Policy on DME Posting Requirements
 
APMA’s DME Workgroup recently obtained clarification concerning the requirements for posting and maintaining hours of operation for DME physician suppliers. A representative from the Medicare National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) explained that certain types of suppliers, including a physician whose services are defined in section 1848(j)(3) of the Social Security Act who furnishes items to his or her own patient(s) as part of his or her professional service, are exempt from Supplier Standard 30, which requires businesses to be open to the public a minimum of 30 hours per week. The citation for this exemption is 42 CFR § 424.57(c)(30)(ii). These exempt suppliers may post ‘By Appointment Only’ as their hours of operation. If, however, exempt suppliers choose to report to NSC and post specific hours, they are expected to adhere to these hours.
 
If physician suppliers choose to post hours of operation as “By Appointment Only,” inspectors are required to call facilities in advance to schedule site inspections. If a physician supplier actually posts specific hours and a site inspection cannot be conducted during posted hours, the physician supplier’s Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN) could potentially be revoked. Note that any physician supplier who wishes to change any specific listed hours of operation to “By Appointment Only” will be required to submit a change of information by completing the sections of the application specified by Sections 1C and 1D (not the entire application) to the NSC via the CMS-855S form or PECOS.
 
Source: APMA Weekly Focus [8/20/14]

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APMA IN THE NEWS
Foot Pain Restricts Activities of Millions of Americans: NY Podiatrist
 
Half of all adults in an American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) study said foot pain has restricted their activities, including walking, exercising, working, or playing with grandchildren. For those with chronic, or continuous, foot pain, that number jumps to 83 percent. "It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results indicated we Americans view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and well-being," said Frank Spinosa, DPM, president of the APMA. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds."
 
Dr. Frank Spinosa
 
"Foot pain is never normal, and it's critical that anyone experiencing chronic pain seeks care from an expert," Dr. Spinosa said. "We hope we can encourage Americans, particularly older Americans, to fight foot pain with the help of today's podiatrists." Most senior communities across the greater Houston area offer podiatric (foot) care due to the number of seniors who have conditions requiring regular, professional care of the feet.
 
Source: Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle [8/19/14]

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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
NY Podiatrist Received Surgical Excellence Award
 
Dr. Matthew Capozzi, a physician at Peabody Podiatry, has received the 2014 Department of Surgery Award for Clinical Excellence and Professionalism from North Shore Medical Center and Partners Healthcare. Dr. Capozzi is a diplomat of the American Academy of Wound Management and an associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
 
Dr. Matthew Capozzi
 
Capozzi completed a three-year residency program in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2010. Capozzi works weekly at the Advanced Wound Center at North Shore Medical Center Salem Hospital treating complex foot wounds.
 
Source: The Salem News [8/20/14]

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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
IL Podiatrist Co-Sponsors 12th Annual Shoe Drive 
 
The OSF Shoe Drive dropped off 4,147 pairs of donated shoes to Home Sweet Home Ministries Tuesday. OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center and podiatrist Todd Snoeyink, DPM collected the shoes as part of the 12th Annual OSF Shoe Drive.
 
Dr. Todd Snoeyink
 
“For over a decade, this collaboration has touched the lives of countless men, women, and children with what seems like a simple item, shoes. Yet, the simple generosity of our community will once again make a great impact on the lives of our neighbors," said Mary Ann Pullin, Chief Executive Officer at Home Sweet Home Ministries.
 
Source: HOI-19 (NBC) [8/19/14]

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SUNSHINE ACTS NEWS
Under Proposal, CME Speakers No Longer Exempt from Sunshine Act 
 
As most physicians are aware, CMS released the final rule of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act in 2013. The act was created to provide transparency for payments and gifts made to physicians and teaching hospitals by applicable manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, biological products, and medical supplies. In the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2015, released July 3, 2014, CMS buried a proposal that would withdraw one of the Sunshine Act’s exemptions related to CME. Under the act, there is a specific exemption for direct or indirect payments made to healthcare providers who serve as speakers for accredited CME programs. CMS’s proposal to withdraw this exemption has drawn a flurry of comments from physicians and organizations alike. 
 
CMS has proposed two alternative approaches to rectify this issue: (1) expanding the list of accredited organizations by name; or (2) establishing accreditation or certification standards. Each alternative comes with its own set of problems, from implying endorsement of an organization to requiring enforcement of any promulgated standards.
 
Source: Ericka L. Adler, Physicians Practice [8/20/14]

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Source for Refurbushed Wound VACs
 
I'm sure that I'm not the only physician who had to deal with this dilemma. I have a 59 year diabetic African American man who had a severe diabetic ulcer submet 5. He is a cash patient and paid for the procedure, which turned out quite well. I feel a wound VAC would help his recovery immensely. Do any PM News readers know where he can purchase a negative pressure wound VAC for less than a new KCI. I looked on eBay and they do have some. Is there any other reputable company that sells refurbished machines. Time is of the essence.
 
Judith Rubin, DPM, Cypress, TX

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QUERIES (MEDICAL/LEGAL)
Query: Value of Patient Charts
 
A colleague is asking me what the value of his charts are as he has left his practice and a podiatrist wants to buy his charts. He has 50 active Medicare charts, 400 total medicare charts, and several hundred PPO charts.
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
RE: NSC Clarifies Policy on DME Posting Requirements
From: Paul Kesselman, DPM
 
Recent discussions with the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) have provided some further insights into the "signage requirements" for physicians who are also DMEPOS suppliers. Physicians are exempt from the 30 hours of operation and thus do not have to report their actual office hours. They may thus select "Office Hours By Appointment."  In order to effect this change in one's DMEPOS privileges, the NSC must be formally notified. This can either be done by filing an amended paper CMS855S form or via PECOS. An entire new application need not be filed. 
 
If the physician chooses "By Appointment Only", the NSC will contact the physician supplier to schedule a site inspection. That is the inspection cannot be on a random date or "by surprise". If, however, the physician chooses set hours of operation, the site inspection will occur without notice. If the inspection is attempted during those hours and no one is available at the office, one risks having their DMEPOS privileges revoked.
 
Paul Kesselman, Woodside, NY, drkesselmandpm1@hotmail.com
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