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AAH on reimbursement relief: ‘Many report not hearing from you’ 

March 22, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Members of the House of Representatives need to hear about the HME industry’s support for H.R. 6641, a bill that would implement a 90/10 blended reimbursement rate for Medicare in competitive bidding areas, AAHomecare says.  “AAHomecare has been in contact with multiple congressional offices since H.R. 6641 was introduced on Feb. 8,” the association stated in a bulletin. “While legislators and staff are familiar with the challenges the HME community...

aahomecare, Competitive Bidding, H.R. 6641, Reimbursement relief


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Reps. Mullin, Tonko introduce DMEPOS Relief Act

February 8, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Reps. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., have introduced a bill that would implement a 90-10 blended reimbursement rate for the 13 product categories that were removed from the current round of Medicare’s competitive bidding program.  The DMEPOS Relief Act would implement a previously used rate by CMS based 90% on bid pricing and 10% on the 2015 fee schedule, representing about a 10% to 15% increase compared to the current rates, to help address...

90-10 blended reimbursement, Competitive Bidding, Reimbursement relief


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CBIC launches redesigned web page

January 6, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS and the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor have launched a redesigned home page. The new, user- and mobile-friendly page features improved aesthetics, simplified visual content emphasizing the current competitive bidding program phase, one-click easy access to each phase, and a new display of upcoming events. The site also has contract supplier FAQs that answer general questions about the DMEPOS CBP and Connexion FAQs to assist in locating and completing forms in...

CBIC, Competitive Bidding, Home Medical Equipment


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In brief: CMS moves on proposed rule, Paragon closes four deals, VGM updates bid study

October 22, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has sent the DMEPOS proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for final review, AAHomecare reports.  A letter asking CMS to act on the rule, published a year ago, garnered 95 signatures from members of the House of Representatives, including champions on the influential Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees.  “Capitol Hill is starting to understand the market realities and new operational environment that suppliers and manufacturers...

Competitive Bidding, DMEPOS Proposed Rule, M&A, Paragon Ventures


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Tom Ryan

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DMEPOS proposed rule is on the move

October 19, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has sent the DMEPOS proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for final review, AAHomecare reports.  A letter asking CMS to act on the rule, published a year ago, garnered 95 signatures last week from members of the House of Representatives, including champions on the influential Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees.  “Capitol Hill is starting to understand the market realities and new operational environment that suppliers...

AAHomcare, Competitive Bidding, DMEPOS Proposed Rule


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VGM, Leitten update bid study

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VGM, Leitten update bid study

October 19, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM Government Relations, in conjunction with Brian Leitten and Leitten Consulting, has released an updated study analyzing efforts by CMS to control distribution of DME. The study, “Competitive Bidding – A Decade Focused on the Wrong Prize. The Case for Medicare Investment in DME in 2021,” looks at how competitive bidding generated savings and reduced fraud but missed an even larger opportunity to invest in DME. “The costs that CMS saved over a...

Competitive Bidding, Leitten Consulting, VGM


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Seema Verma

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Verma on PHE flexibilities: ‘I don’t think it’s possible to go back to business as usual’

October 8, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Seema Verma, former CMS administrator and a new member of WellSky’s board of directors, shares her thoughts on everything from health care software to PHE-related flexibilities to competitive bidding.   HME News: Can you talk about the role that providers of health care software, analytics and services play in improving health care efficiency and outcomes?   Seema Verma: Providers of health care software are on the frontlines, as they create the tools...

Competitive Bidding, Public Health Emergency, Seema Verma, WellSky


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Letter pushes for finalizing DMEPOS proposed rule

September 29, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., are collecting signatures for a letter asking the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS to finalize a DMEPOS proposed rule that would adjust the payment amounts in non-competitive bidding areas.  The proposed rule would also extend 50/50 blended reimbursement rates in rural/non-contiguous areas.  “We appreciate HHS’s and CMS’s efforts to make changes to Medicare policy...

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Clint Geffert

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VGM highlights increasing costs in letter to CMS

September 23, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM & Associates has sent a letter asking CMS, at minimum, to pay all HME providers in non-rural areas, including those in the 130 competitive bidding areas, the 75/25 blended reimbursement rates to help them offset increasing costs.  “Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, acquisition costs for many products have been rising steadily in the form of incremental price increases,” writes Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates in the Sept. 8 letter....

Competitive Bidding, increasing costs, Reimbursement relief, surcharges, VGM & Associates


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GAO: Bid surety requirement didn’t impede small provider participation

August 19, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Medicare’s bid surety bond requirement did not have a negative impact on small supplier participation in Round 2021 of the competitive bidding, says the Government Accountability Office in a new report.  For the report, “Effect of New Bid Surety Bond Requirement on Small Supplier Participation in the Competitive Bidding Program,” the GAO reviewed CMS’ data on supplier bids and contracts, and interviewed two DME trade organizations, including AAHomecare,...

Bid Surety Bonds, Competitive Bidding, Home Medical Equipment, Round 2021


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