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CMS Changes Definitions for Therapeutic Shoe Inserts

February 1st, 2018 - Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
Categories:   DME|Supplies|Equipment   Podiatry   Orthopedics  
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CMS recently revised their definitions for custom fabricated and therapeutic inserts in order to meet current technology standards. Healthcare providers need to be sure to review the revisions in order to appropriately bill Medicare for inserts. For example, for custom fabricated, molded-to-patient, they have added the following:

iii. For inserts used with therapeutic shoes for diabetes, a digital image of the patient’s body part is made using CAD-CAM systems software. This technology includes specialized probes/digitizers and scanners that create a computerized positive model, and then direct milling equipment to carve a beneficiary-specific insert.

Note that the referenced document has red text to identify the revisions. This should make it easier to see the changes.

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