Enhanced Patient Outcomes, Enhanced Practice Income
Ancillary Advantage provides solutions to orthopaedic and sport medicine practices for purchasing, inventorying and dispensing orthotic bracing, supports and other ancillary products.
We offer a comprehensive range of products and services to our customers. We can provide these as a turnkey solution where we manage all aspect of your ancillary program or you can pick and choose products and services based upon your practice requirements.
Products – Our vendor neutral product selection helps set us apart from most ancillary product suppliers. We won’t try to steer you towards a particular manufacturer or product line. We present you with product options, including our analysis of product financials, and you decide which products to dispense.
Revenue Management – Whether you want a complete solution including billing and collections or you need us to manage pre-certifications for your ancillary products, with our years of experience, we can delivery proven results to your practice.
Ancillary Management Software – Our MyAncillaryTM software is a web-based inventory management system specifically designed as a solution for orthopaedic and sports medicine practices to manage their ancillary revenue programs. MyAncillary goes beyond just providing inventory management. We have also integrated payer rules, coinsurance rules and pre-certification alerts to provide a comprehensive ancillary management solution.
Staffing – We can recruit, train and manage health care professionals, typically Certified Athletic Trainers, to perform the day-to-day responsibilities for your ancillary practice.
What are Medical Foods?
The term medical food, as defined in section 5(b) of the Orphan Drug Act (21 U.S.C. 360ee (b) (3)) is "a food which is formulated to be consumed or administered enterally under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation." Your Ancillary Advantage representative can provide you with additional background information on medical foods, including a report from Frost and Sullivan on the impact these products are having on health care.
How do they differ from supplements?
Supplements support the healthy function of the body by adding to substances already in the body. For example, glucosamine and chondroitin, taken for osteoarthritis, naturally occur in the body's joints. Glucosamine stimulates joint repair, chondroitin maintains joint viscosity.
Supplements are regulated by the FDA as a food (not a drug). There is no requirement that their effectiveness be based upon medical or scientific evidence and they do not require a prescription.
Ready to begin? The first step is to contact us and discuss your program requirements. You can contact Karen Colburn, our Reimbursement Manager at 800-565-0445 or by email at email@example.com. Karen will answer any questions and, based upon your practice profile, determine the program charge rate.
Next, complete the program setup documents. Click on the Documents link on the right side of our website, open and complete the following (all are fillable PDF files):
- Account Implementation Worksheet
- Payor Profiles - Medicare, Work Comp and Third Party
- Product Fee Schedule
Download and sign the Services Agreement and Business Associates Agreement
Fax all documents to us at 888-871-5609
Upon acceptance of your documentation, we can begin processing precertifications immediately. Setup of billing in our system typically takes 5-10 business days.
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Commercial payers include insurance companies such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, United Healthcare, etc. Patients covered by these payers often times have a pharmacy benefit card that enables them to fill their prescriptions at a retail pharmacy. However, these prescriptions can also be filled in your office at the point of care through our Cash and Carry program.
The Ancillary Advantage Cash and Carry program is offered to patients as an alternative to having their prescriptions filled at a retail pharmacy. We provide you with a product formulary that includes most of the medications that you are already prescribing to your patients.
Prescriptions are filled and the practice collects the co-payment amount that would otherwise be paid to the retail pharmacy. There is no need to process a prescription card for adjudication and payment. In addition to being a convenient option for your patients, a cash and carry program is also a financial revenue opportunity for your practice.