There have been some long faces around our conference room table over the past few months. Several large payers have done their homework, and come to realize that chiropractic and physician practices need home medical equipment licenses in order to sell T.E.N.S. units. We are starting to see claims for T.E.N.S. units being challenged, and ultimately rejected, with the explanation that the practice fulfilling the order lacks the required license.
In Florida, any person or entity that holds itself out to the public as providing home medical equipment (“HME”) that typically requires home medical services must be licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration. (FL Statute §400.93). The statute has two requirements: the item must be HME and it must be the sort that requires services. Most of us would guess that T.E.N.S. units are HME, and we would be correct. Since T.E.N.S. units are reimbursed under Medicare Part B as durable medical equipment, they are HME under Florida law. (FL Statute §400.925(6)). Less intuitive is the notion that a T.E.N.S. unit is a product that typically requires home medical services; after all, most patients can use the unit effectively and properly after just a few moments of in-office instruction. Well, as a matter of Florida law, T.E.N.S. units are deemed to be equipment requiring services (FL Administrative Code §59A-25.003(2)(b)). So, if you sell T.E.N.S. units in Florida, you ought to have a home medical equipment provider's license.
Licensure is required to sell T.E.N.S. units, but not to use them on patients in the course of your practice. (FL Statute §400.93(5)(i)).
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