PRESS RELEASE: Significant growth opportunity for DME Providers
Bonafide Management Systems officially announced its Facility Portal, which allows DME Providers to sell to healthcare facilities through an online shopping portal that is directly linked to their back-office billing operations, inventory and delivery systems. This is a new cash opportunity that could make a significant impact on DME providers’ profit margins.
“We saw a dramatic improvement as soon as we implemented the Bonafide Facility Portal,” says Joe Sacco, Sr. Chief Executive Officer, Central Medical Supply. “The portal eliminates the need for nurses to call our office and engage in a lengthy order process, so efficiency and accuracy improved overnight. It’s been truly transformative for our business. Having the necessary documentation at our fingertips has made our people significantly more productive. We are able to expand our customer base without having to add office staff”
DME providers have significant revenue potential in serving healthcare providers, but it requires technology that automates and streamlines the order and delivery process. Bonafide is the only DME software company that offers a complete solution that allows DME providers to profitably service healthcare contracts.
“Our customers who are using this software are reporting dramatically reduced cost, better order processing and much better visibility into what is happening with their drivers and customers,” says Wayne Bailey, Director of Client Services, Bonafide Management Systems. “The combined cost-savings and cash flow have already made a dramatic improvement, and our customers are immediately seeking to expand their healthcare facility business because of the Bonafide Facility Portal.”
The Bonafide Facility Portal allows healthcare facility nurses to work in an intuitive Amazon™-style shopping environment from which they can directly:
Bonafide’s Facility Portal completely eliminates the need for nurses to call into DME providers and engage in lengthy order processes. The portal can handle per diem orders, rental orders, sale orders, fee for service items, and more. Invoices are sent automatically, and they are accurate and backed up by digital time stamps, eliminating costly errors.
CMS is adding 31 additional codes to the Required Prior Authorization List as a condition of payment. The complete list of codes and descriptions can be located here. The expanded code list is effective September 1, 2018.
CMS announced June 1 that it is adding 31 power mobility device Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes to the list of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) items that require prior authorization as a condition of Medicare payment.
Items on the Required Prior Authorization List require prior authorization as a condition of payment. As such, lack of a provisionally affirmed prior authorization request will result in a claim denial.
For information about how Bonafide has updated its software for this change, access our Knowledge Base article on the topic. Note that this is password-protected; you will need to log into your Bonafide account in order to access the article.
For more resources from CMS, please access see the following documents:
You can significantly expand your DME business with nursing home and hospice contracts, but only if you do it right.
A single LTC contract could expand your customer base by 300 or more patients, but with super-tight margins, those 300 patients could cost you more than they earn. The only way a DME Provider can use LTC contracts to increase revenue in today’s environment is to have technology that streamlines the process and eliminates costly overhead and errors.
LTC contracts provide new and significant revenue streams to DME providers and a reliable customer base with a constant need for sales and rental products. And, of course, LTC contracts mean that you are invoicing, not submitting for reimbursement, which can significantly improve cash flow.
The danger in developing nursing home and hospice contracts is the process of taking orders. Having nurses phone into your business to place orders, service requests, deliveries, etc. can lead to errors and misunderstandings. These errors lead to costly penalties. With margins as tight as we’ve ever seen them, the cost of processing and correcting LTC orders can often exceed the revenue they generate.
The only way that DME Providers can benefit from the significant revenue potential from LTC providers is to have technology that automates and streamlines the order and delivery process. Bonafide is the only DME software company that offers an online portal for both rental and sale items.
The Bonafide Facility Portal allows nurses to directly:
This technology completely eliminates the need for nurses to call into DME Providers and engage in lengthy order processes. Nurses can take care of all the details on the DME provider’s web portal and everything is date and time stamped so that if there are errors, the costs for those errors don’t fall on you.
Additionally, our system can differentiate between per diem orders, rental orders, sale orders, fee for service items, and more. LTC billing is complicated, and we are the only system that can handle the complexity and ensure that invoices are accurate and backed up by digital time stamping so there are no questions after the fact.
Your Bonafide system automatically sends invoices once per month, further reducing your overhead costs for servicing LTC contracts. Of course, you need to have the warehouse and delivery infrastructure to fulfill your contracts. Bonafide has some awesome technology to help there, too.
Bonafide’s Facility Portal allows DME Providers to better service hospice and nursing home contracts. The portal makes it easy for your hospice and nursing home contracts to place orders themselves, eliminating costly steps and dramatically improving profit margins on these accounts. With the Bonafide Facility Portal, DME Providers can effortlessly serve more hospice and nursing home contracts.
The Bonafide Facility Portal makes it easy for nursing staff to order the items they need using your branded portal. Orders are instantly available in your Bonafide DME software for delivery, completely bypassing your customer service staff. Nursing staff can enter patient data and select items from an online catalog of items you have contracted for.
Your customers can order and make service requests using the Bonafide Facility Portal and it routes directly to your Bonafide software for scheduling. This includes equipment exchange and service. Our electronic delivery system means that you can send an invoice the moment the patient receives an order, eliminating expensive double-entry processes that can delay billing in other systems.
Bonafide customers that are using the Facility Portal report dramatically reduced costs, better order processing and improved visibility into what is happening with their drivers and customers.