Pharmacies and Durable Medical Equipment
As independent pharmacies across the country look for ways to diversify and grow the scope of products available to their patients, many consider expanding into the durable medical equipment (DME) space, such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and nebulizers. When considering whether to expand into the DME space, it is important to be aware that rules and regulations regarding DME may be different than those for medications. For example, pharmacy providers wishing to dispense DME products covered by some federal payor programs must become credentialed specifically for DME, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) generally requires accreditation from a national accreditation organization approved by CMS. Providers must meet additional articulated requirements as well; however, pharmacy providers may be exempt from the accreditation requirement if certain criteria are met. Ultimately, different payors have their own processes for credentialing for DME and it is imperative that the processes and rules for each payor are followed.
Frier Levitt assists pharmacy providers in credentialing for supplying DME to their patients and assists with navigating DME laws and regulations. Contact Frier Levitt to speak with an attorney.