AAHomecare Seeks PECOS Info from DME Providers

The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) is seeking provider input regarding what percentage of DME-prescribing physicians are not yet enrolled in the Provider Enrollment and Chain Ownership System (PECOS), as required by Medicare.

AAHomecare is pushing to delay enforcement of the PECOS requirement, which is currently scheduled for Jan. 3, 2011. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last month that home health claims prescribed by physicians not yet registered in PECOS would be delayed until July 5, 2011, for home health agencies, and AAHomecare is working on securing a similar delay for DME suppliers.

In an Oct. 28 bulletin, AAHomecare said its members "have found that up to 25 percent of physicians ordering HME are not yet enrolled in PECOS." The organization has asked providers to e-mail Stacey Harms (staceyh@aahomecare.org) and indicate what percentage of their physician referral sources are still not registered in PECOS.

When the PECOS requirement is implemented, CMS will deny DME claims if the prescribing physician or other prescribing healthcare professional is not enrolled in the system. Changes and implied changes to implementation dates have caused confusion for months among DME providers, while a lack of familiarity with the registration requirement has led to registration delays among physicians and other DME-prescribing healthcare professionals.

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Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at lwatanabe@1105media.com.

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