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Pharmacy News: DME Accreditation Exemption

chain_clipboard1What do the chains know about DME Accreditation and the Exemption that you don’t?

Walgreen’s, Rite Aid, CVS, Kroger’s, Safeway, Publix and a host of others have already said NO to taking the DME accreditation exemption offered by CMS, which would have saved them millions of dollars.

Why would they do that?

The answer is simple.

They spent the money to become accredited knowing that a growing number of third party insurance providers and state Medicaid programs are requiring accreditation.
Therefore, they get a big return on investment with the increase in prescription and total store sales from new DME customers.

As Independent pharmacy owners, we need to be prepared to protect our customer base.
Don’t put yourself in the position of having to turn away DME customers because you cannot bill their insurance and risk losing their prescription business as well.

By renewing or acquiring DME accreditation and saying no to the exemption, you will remain strong in your overall offerings against the chains, while maintaining complete Medicare compliance in case the exemption ever goes away.