KCI fights CMS’s decision

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

SAN ANTONIO – KCI may have not been awarded contracts for negative pressure wound therapy as part of the Round 2 re-compete of competitive bidding, but it’s not going down without a fight.

KCI, the largest provider of NPWT, says CMS’s decision to not award contracts to the company was based on a technical disqualification that it is working to resolve.

“CMS’s decision is not final and we are working with CMS and the agency’s contractor, CBIC, to resolve the eligibility issue,” it stated in a May 19 letter to customers. “We expect to be able to share more information in the coming weeks.”

KCI did not elaborate on the technical disqualification.

The company is also exploring “alternative pathways” to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have continued access to its V.A.C. Therapy in affected areas if it is, ultimately, not awarded contracts, it stated in the letter.

KCI received about $77.1 million from Medicare for NPWT pumps (E2404) in 2014, according to the HME Databank. Total Medicare spending on that code was about $88.5 million that year.