It’s starting to trickle in


This is going to be a quick blog*, but I wanted to share with you the first piece of data to come in for our 2013 State of the Industry Report (which contains 2012 data).

Each year, we track the number of DMEPOS providers that bill Medicare in five categories:

Less than $300,000
$300,000 to $1 million
$1 million to $3 million
$3 million to $10 million
More than $10 million

Before I share the 2012 data, let me refresh your memory on the 2011 data:

Less than $300,000          90,119
$300,000 to $1 million        5,131
$1 million to $3 million        1,188
$3 million to $10 million         209
More than $10 million              69

Here’s the 2012 data:

Less than $300,000            88,365 (-1.9%)
$300,000 to $1 million          5,021 (-2.1%)
$1 million to $3 million          1,169 (-1.6%)
$3 million to $10 million           229 (+9.6%)
More than $10 million                73 (+5.8%)

The biggest movement this year compared to last year is in the number of providers that billed Medicare from $3 million to $10 million, and more than $10 million. The number of providers in these groups is inching upward, no doubt, due to consolidation in the industry.

And we’ve seen so much consolidation already this year, that it’s probably a movement that will continue, if not intensify, when we report the 2013 data next year.

I’ll share more as it comes in.

*I’m heading to Waterloo, Iowa, via Chicago and Des Moines for The VGM Group’s Heartland Conference. Check back in for updates.