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Buying Equipment? Ensure Medicare Reimbursement First

Posted on 13. Oct, 2011 by in Toolkit

Don’t let manufacturers snow you into investing in new gadgets.

A neighboring medical practice raves about the latest equipment that treats intractable conditions and says its sales rep assured them that it’s reimbursable — should you buy it? The reality is that you could be stuck with denials if you make a purchase without doing your homework first.

Warning: Manufacturers’ sales reps may make vague promises about Medicare reimbursement. For example, they’ll promise that Medicare will cover a new technology in most parts of the country. But you walk on dangerous ground if you go solely by the manufacturer’s general guidelines.

Find out whether your own Medicare carrier covers a new technology before you make a purchase, experts say. Check on your private payers, Medicaid, and state workers’ compensation insurer as well — with...

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