Ancillary Insights

Insights

Welcome to the Ancillary Advantage blog. We keep this blog updated with information that directly affects the orthopaedic bracing industry. Our primary topics cover operational, billing and regulatory issues. If you have an interesting article, or would like to contribute to our blog, please let us know.

  • Regulatory and Coding UpdatesAs regulatory and coding updates are announced by CMS and others, we include them below. We also recommend subscribing to several resources that provide in depth analysis and recommendations for these updates. These resources are listed at the bottom of this page along with links to CMS and other websites that are useful to the […]

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  • Evaluating the Cost-Benefit of a DME Practice Management CompanyWhen a healthcare practice is evaluating their DME program, one consideration is how to manage the program. For most practices, three options are available: (1) self-managed, (2) self-managed with a DME manufacturer’s consulting program or (3) managed by a DME practice management company such as Ancillary Advantage. Which option is the best fit for a […]

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  • DME – The Cost of Getting PaidHow much is it costing you to get paid for providing DME services to your patients? And, are you maximizing your payment opportunities? Ancillary Advantage has created a whitepaper in which specifically look at the cost of getting paid for DME. We begin by establishing a benchmark cost for claim processing using published research from […]

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  • 8 Benefits an Orthopaedic Practice Can Have From Hiring a DME CoordinatorBlog written by: Dyan Shaffer, Kristina Heifferon, and Jessica Sanches A Durable Medical Equipment Coordinator (DMEC) brings immense value to an Orthopaedic Practice and their staff. The DMEC manages all aspects of the day-to-day administrative duties from inventory management, to facilitating insurance authorizations, to providing personalized fittings and education to the patients, in turn, reducing […]

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  • Good Things to Know About Having a DMEPOS Supplier NumberBlog written by: Dyan Shaffer and Karen Colburn DMEPOS stands for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies. Here are the three most frequently asked questions we receive about having and obtaining a DMEPOS supplier number. 1) Why do I need a DMEPOS? Your practice will need one in order to bill Medicare for DME […]

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  • How much value can DME bring to your practice?Ancillary Advantage has developed a proprietary value calculator that you can use to determine the financial potential of DME for your practice. This calculator uses real world data from our revenue management division and allows you to specify your own physician specialties, patient volumes and dispensing practices. To access the calculator, click here.

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  • Athletic Trainers in the DME WorldBlog written by: Dyan Shaffer, Kristina Heifferon, and Jessica Sanches When implementing a DME (Durable Medical Equipment) Program, many employers ask the question, “Why should I hire an Athletic Trainer?” It is true that an employee can be trained to fit commodity DME items such as wrist splints, immobilizers, and ankle wraps, but what additional […]

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