CMS Rescinds Pedorthic Facility Accreditation Exemption
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Updated 12/10/08:  CMS Rescinds Exemption of Pedorthists from Facility Accreditation Requirements - Must Now be Accredited by September 30, 2009

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday, December 8, 2008 published a directive that specifically removed pedorthists (along with mastectomy fitters, Orthopaedic fitters/technicians and athletic trainers) from the list of professionals exempt fromim pending mandatory facility accreditation requirements.  On September 3, 2008, as you will recall, CMS published a directive that exempted pedorthists, along with orthotists, prosthetists and a host of other professionals from the accreditation requirements until CMS completed a rulemaking on accreditation- sometime in 2009 - specific to those professionals exempted.

With the new CMS directive, pedorthic practices must submit their accreditation applications to their selected accreditation organization by January 31, 2009, and be surveyed and fully accredited by September 30, 2009, in order to maintain their Medicare supplier number and billing privileges, and thus remaining compliant with CMS regulations.  Pedorthic facilities not meeting the September 30, 2009 deadline may find that their supplier numbers have been deactivated and their billing privileges suspended by CMS.

To obtain the most current list of CMS deemed accrediting organizations as provided by CMS, from which you can select the accrediting organization that best fits your business, click here.

PFA is working to obtain additional information from CMS relative to this change, and will keep you updated if new information becomes available.

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