September 2019

CMS Publishes New Fact Sheet for Correct Billing of DMEPOS during Inpatient Stays

A recent report by the US Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General determined that Medicare improperly paid suppliers for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) items provided during inpatient stays. Medicare should not pay a supplier for items furnished to a beneficiary when the beneficiary is still an inpatient. Toward that end, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a new fact sheet to educate practitioners and billing staff.

To access the publication, Medicare DMEPOS Improper Inpatient Payments Fact Sheet, visit cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/MedDMEPOSInpatient-MLN1541573.pdf.

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