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SurfMed Team Meets with Director of Medicaid to Discuss Any Willing Provider Provision


WP_20140313_003Recently, SurfMed joined other Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Providers in Tallahassee, Florida to meet with the Director of Medicaid at the Agency for Health Care Administration. The main topic was the lack of effort assuring proper implementation of the Any Willing Provider provision of the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program.

The Any Willing Provider provision, or AWP, was crafted into the sweeping Medicaid reform law because it was revealed in other states, where Medicaid programs were handed over to private companies, that DME monopolies were quickly created that forced 80 to 90 % of all DME providers out of business. Most important, patient choice was stifled at the expense of quality care.

With a clear negative history for DME under managed care, AWP required all Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to contract with every qualified DME provider in the state who agrees to meet the lowest negotiated price. Currently MCOs have contracted with third party administrators that are not contracting with everyone and those trying to contract are throwing out unrealistic prices in order to drive market share to their in-house companies, which is a violation of the legislative intent.

We are proud to always stand for the law and what is right in health care. If you have an issue Medicaid, please give SurfMed a call and we will try to help.SurfMed, a sister company of Caring Home Care, has been concerned about this for some time and came together with other like-minded small DME companies to provide AHCA with examples of violations.


SurfMed Conducts Classes for Miami Jewish Health System’s Case Managers

Miami Jewish Health Systems is one of South Florida’s oldest and most respect health care organizations owning and managing the state’s largest nursing home, ALF facilities and multiple programs including PACE and now Medicaid’s Long Term Care program for Molina Health Plan in Dade County.

SurfMed has been a long time partner to Miami Jewish, assisting in caring for all MJHS patients in their homes.

This past week SurfMed conducted classes for MJHS’ case managers in the Medicaid program to educate them about changes from Medicaid reform, new coding processes, equipment and supplies.

The class were mainly taught by SurfMed’s CEO Jeff Rittenberg, an expert in all aspects of long term care.

If you need home medical equipment, supplies or advice, call on SurfMed. For all your home care needs.

Stay Healthy – Stay Independent – SurfMed



Education Essentials for Case Managers in Florida

Surfmed roll out TampaEarlier this week SurfMed Executives traveled to Tampa to teach over 70 Sunshine Health case managers the basics of incontinence and DME and wheelchair rehabilitation. The lessons were taught by SurfMed CEO Jeff Rittenberg and Director Sean Schwinghammer. The case managers are preparing to deal with the roll-out of Florida’s Medicaid Managed Care Reform program in Regions 5 and 6, which includes all of greater St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa including all of Lakeland and Polk Counties as far east as Sebring.

Sunshine Health should have an abundance of patients who will immediately require face to face meetings, care plan reviews and authorizations or new supplies and services. It is a daunting task which is why SurfMed educates case managers, to help them be prepared for any eventuality. Also the SurfMed staff is ready to take case managers calls all day long to assist in the transition.

Sunshine’s Medical Director said to the staff, SurfMed has been a valuable partner as we roll out other areas, their help and insight has made a big difference to how we provider long term care.

If you need any medical equipment of supplies please call one of our SurfMed team members at 888-201-7873.


Caring Home Care and SurfMed Officials Attend Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Residence of United Home Care

CHC UHC ground breakingSurfMed and Caring Home Care were one of the invited guest in attendance at the ground breaking ceremony for United Home Care’s first Assisted Living facility, The Residence of United Home Care.

When completed in November, there will be over 125 beds, in this mixed income facility catering to Private pay, Medicare and Medicaid patients.  The property is being constructed on the grounds of Baptist Hospital West, near Krome Avenue and Kendal Drive in west Miami Dade County.

The ceremony was a joyous event with UHC employees, patients, bankers and many politicians. Surfmed and Caring Home Care work with all the politicians and health care officials and is one of the primary vendors of Untied Home care.  Our prices and services were praised by officials who know us and who know that in this new health care world, being the best at these is essential.

We are excited by this new venture of United Home Care and ready to service all the patients.