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Industry gathers 'ammunition'


BALTIMORE – Industry stakeholders believe CMS may have shot itself in the other foot when it released the names of the 799 suppliers who won 13,126 contracts as part of Round 2 of competitive bidding.

Industry opens up multiple fronts against bid program


WASHINGTON – With a new bill for the market-pricing program (MPP) expected to drop soon, industry stakeholders are mulling another legislative tactic in the fight against competitive bidding: a delay in the implementation of Round 2.

In brief: Petition re-launches, Rotech wins contract


CUMMING, Ga. – The Accredited Medical Equipment Providers of America (AMEPA) is re-launching an online petition to replace competitive bidding with the market-pricing program (MPP), according to Rob Brant, CEO.

New sense of urgency for MPP

'We have another bite of the apple'

WASHINGTON – With no time to lick their wounds, industry stakeholders are now targeting a must-pass bill to address a series of spending cuts as a potential vehicle for their market-pricing program (MPP).

AMEPA announces winners of Outstanding Advocate Award


MIAMI – Jerry and Amanda Hall of Hall-Moore Medical Supply in Jacksonville, Fla., are the recipients of the 2012 Robert Arado Outstanding Advocate Award, according to an AMEPA newsletter.

AMEPA launches patient advocacy line


MIAMI – AMEPA has launched a patient advocacy line to help facilitate patients, caregivers, and providers calling their representatives and asking them to co-sponsor the market-pricing program (MPP), according to a bulletin from the group.

Nobel Prize winner, MPP supporter gives lecture


STOCKHOLM, Sweden – An economics professor at Harvard University who co-signed a letter in support of a bill to establish a market-pricing program (MPP) will deliver his Nobel Prize lecture Dec. 8, according to an AMEPA newsletter.

CMS to providers: Is your bid bona fide?


WASHINGTON – It appears CMS still has a ways to go before releasing the single payment amounts for Round 2 of competitive bidding.

Industry pounds pavement on MPP

Bill’s supporters creep to 31

WASHINGTON – It was back to work on Capitol Hill the week of Nov. 12 and HME industry stakeholders wasted no time pushing to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP).

Digging our graves?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

When we received a press release announcing that a handful of independent HME providers had formed a new group to get their specific interests heard on Capitol Hill, I wondered how our readers would repond.