Correction from The O&P EDGE

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In the December 2008 issue of The O&P EDGE, one of the answers in "Got FAQs?" contained incorrect information. The question asked was, "I have always been a non-participating provider with Medicare, and my enrollment period is coming up. What are the benefits of being a participating provider?"

The original answer printed in our December issue incorrectly stated that Medicare participating providers receive a 5 percent higher reimbursement than non-participating providers. While this is true for physicians, non-physician practitioners, and other heathcare suppliers, durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) suppliers are excluded. The correct answer is as follows:

When you are a participating provider, you must always accept assignment of claims for all services you furnish to Medicare beneficiaries. CMS lists the following benefits of participation: Because the claims are always assigned, Medicare payments are issued directly to the DMEPOS supplier. Claim information is forwarded to Medigap insurers. Ultimately, only you can decide which is more beneficial to your practice. For more information, visit www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareProviderSupEnroll/Downloads/DurableMedicalEquip.pdf

We deeply regret the error and any confusion or inconvenience it may have caused. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Lake-Salmon at . To view the corrected version of the December 2008 "Got FAQs?", visit www.oandp.com/edge/issues/articles/2008-12_08.asp