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Why Independent Pharmacies Should Have a Diabetic Shoe Program

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Dec 11, 2018 / by Becky Templeton posted in Diabetic Shoes

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Regardless of the ailment, independent pharmacies should always be asking the same question: How can we best serve the market and the patients who are suffering? When it comes to diabetes, there absolutely is a market for products and services. It’s estimated that more than 100 million adults in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes, and that estimate is getting larger by the year.

Diabetes is a chronic and prevalent medical illness that often leads to circulatory problems, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and even blindness. Filling prescriptions for diabetes medications is a start, but independent pharmacies should be doing more to serve the diabetes patient market. Pharmacies can provide education and resources to better help patients manage their disease and even protect them from related medical problems. However, independent pharmacies should also consider offering non-prescription diabetes products, like a diabetic shoe program.

A diabetic shoe program, when combined with other ancillary services, can directly impact margins for independent pharmacies. Improving your margins is still a product of the number of prescriptions filled, but aggressively marketing these additional services can attract and secure additional customers. Big box pharmacies typically don’t offer diabetic shoe programs, giving independent pharmacies an edge with this demographic. Expanding your pharmacy’s diabetic care services leads to healthier patients and better margins, so it’s a true win-win situation.

So, how does an independent pharmacy develop a diabetic shoe program? Let’s explore the subject.

 Boost Business to Your Facility with a Diabetic Shoe Program   * 1st- Complete our easy online questionnaire   * 2nd- Our team will review, customize, and create your program   * 3rd- You’ll be given access to your files via our Compliance Portal Start  Your Application Now

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Durable Medical Equipment Specialist Certification

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Jan 29, 2018 / by Jenny Schell posted in DMEPOS, Diabetic Shoes

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blog-4.jpgOur experts here at R.J. Hedges & Associates have an all new podcast for you on Durable Medical Equipment Specialist Certification! Brought to you by our own Jeff Hedges, this blog will help you learn the language of DME so that you learn how to dispense, document, and most importantly earn revenue!

Once you are done listening to our blog click here for more information!

 

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To Participate or Not to Participate - That is the Question [Update]

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Oct 23, 2017 / by Jenny Schell posted in DMEPOS, Immunizations, Diabetic Shoes, CMS855B, CMS855S

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blog graphic-1.jpgBe prepared to answer one of the biggest questions of the year on November 15th, the question of participating or non-participating. R.J. Hedges & Associates is providing you with a podcast, and blog as resources, so when November 15th rolls around you and your pharmacy are ready to decided what is best for you!

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Participating vs Non-Participating

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 26, 2017 / by Jenny Schell posted in DMEPOS, Diabetic Shoes, CMS855S, CMS855B

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blog-1.jpgNovember 15th is on its way! That means there is less than two months for pharmacies to decide if they would like to move to non-participating status with Medicare reimbursements. It is time to learn  (1) what participating is (2) how to do it and (3) the benefits of participating. Jeff Hedges, President and CEO of R. J. Hedges & Associates provides essential information in order for you to make the best decision for your pharmacy. Listen to his latest podcast so that when November 15th rolls around you will be confident in your choice!

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IF THE DIABETIC SHOE FITS…

[fa icon="calendar'] Sun, Jul 23, 2017 / by Jenny Schell posted in Diabetic Shoes

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diabetic shoe-2.jpgOne patient, two shoes, three sets of inserts, and more than $200 of revenue! Despite the fact that diabetic shoes are the only preventive medicine that Medicare and Medicaid pays for, the average pharmacy has dropped dispensing diabetic shoes. So you might be asking yourself "should I offer diabetic shoes in my pharmacy?" Whether you are hesitant due to time, audits, or documentation, with proper guidance diabetic shoes can become the perfect fit for your pharmacy.

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How to Do Diabetic Shoes...the Right Way

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 5, 2017 / by Jenny Schell posted in Diabetic Shoes

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blog_podcast_diabeticshoes.jpgIs offering diabetic shoes worth the hassle of dealing with audits, insurance companies, or even the stinky feet? We've heard these questions and more from our pharmacy owners, but also consider this...offering diabetic shoes is the only preventive medicine paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. If done correctly, the process is just that, a process, just like filling any other prescription. Understanding the audit documentation process and the details the auditors are looking for before you see the patient makes all the difference.

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In this new podcast, Jeff Hedges breaks down how simple and profitable it can be to offer diabetic shoes when set up the right way. As Jeff says, "It's all in the documentation, that is why you must do it right the first time." Click to listen to his latest podcast. 

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Tips for Facing Medicare Audits

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, May 2, 2013 / by Jenny Schell posted in DMEPOS, Diabetic Shoes, CMS855B, CMS855S

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By: Wendy Miller, BOCO, CDME
Wendy MillerDirector of Accreditation at BOC

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Verification Competitive Bidding Is A Poor Auction

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jan 17, 2013 / by Jenny Schell posted in DMEPOS, Diabetic Shoes

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ScienceNews Jan 7, 2013 by Julie Rehmeyer 

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Medicare Reimbursment Changes for Diabetic Supplies

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 4, 2013 / by Jenny Schell posted in DMEPOS, Diabetic Shoes

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2013 is turning out to be a very busy year already with Medicare changes. It has come to our attention that there is a major change that will be taking effect on July 1. Unfortunately this change is not in your favor. Medicare Reinbursment Cuts for Diabitic Supplies

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