In brief: Watchdog group pushes bidding review, AASM launches sleep accreditation

Thursday, February 17, 2011

WASHINGTON - The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Tuesday requesting that the department place the "highest" priority on reviewing the competitive bidding program. President Obama on Jan. 18 issued an executive order, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review," which seeks examples of problematic rules. In its letter, the CRE said the competitive bidding rule will result in a loss of jobs, create needless burdens, strips beneficiaries of freedom of choice and violates accepted auction principles.

Association YouTubes bidding problems

RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina Association of Medical Equipment Services (NCAMES) launched a YouTube channel,, last week. The channel will highlight the impact of Medicare's competitive bidding program on providers and patients. "Medicare is threatening patient access to quality care and wasting taxpayer money doing it," stated Beth Bowen, NCAMES executive director, in a release. There are currently three videos posted on the channel.

Association offers sleep accreditation program

DARIEN, Ill. - The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) announced Feb. 11 that it plans to offer a new program, "Accreditation of Out of Center Sleep Testing for Adult Patients." The voluntary program is in response to new policies for diagnosing sleep apnea and "the evolution of portable technology has shaped the diagnosis of patients with sleep apnea," stated the association in a release. Medicare began paying for home sleep testing in 2008. AASM said it would soon release more details on the application process.

Invacare launches business tool

ELYRIA, Ohio - Invacare has launched the Invacare One Partner electronic book (e-book) to help providers meet the challenges of competitive bidding, it announced on Thursday. The e-book contains information on topics like financing, non-delivery oxygen technology, merchandising, repairs and co-pay collection. The One Partner e-book is available at for those accessing Invacare Pro.

Next PAOC meeting is slated for April

BALTIMORE - The next meeting of the Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC) meeting will be held on April 5, 2011 at an all day meeting at the CMS Baltimore facility. CMS will send out the agenda and meeting materials in the near future.