In the bulletin Northwood published February 5th, we see that effective February 1st they have adopted the Medicare rental equipment guidelines. They outline the common practice of requiring new Prior Authorization, Face to Face documentation, and Prescription/CMN when a patient changes from one insurance to a Northwood Policy. The last bullet point indicates that this DOES NOT AFFECT patients who have the same insurance where Northwood has simply become the contractor (i.e. Medicare Plus Blue members). So for your Medicare Plus Blue patients, you may see some changes in the future as BCBSM & Northwood figures out their new Contractor relationship, but for now this change does not apply to you! To review the Medicare Plus Blue change previously posted, click here.
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