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Utilization drops in Round 2 bid areas, GAO finds


WASHINGTON – The number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving DMEPOS in Round 2 areas decreased more than twice as much from 2012 to 2014 than in non-bid areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

NewsPoll: Are bid contracts ‘worth it’?


YARMOUTH, Maine – Respondents to a recent HME NewsPoll are split over whether accepting a competitive bidding contract from Medicare is a good idea.

In brief: CMS opens bid portal, Invacare offers senior notes


WASHINGTON – In a sign that contract offers might be on their way, HME providers who submitted bids as part of the Round 2 and the national mail-order re-compete may now register for Connexion.

Unbundling trips up providers


YARMOUTH, Maine – Provider Brent Bradshaw says Round 2 of competitive bidding has sparked a disturbing trend: contract suppliers billing patients for brake attachments for walkers that CMS has already paid for.

Bid rates nibble at Apria’s earnings


LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Apria Healthcare has already felt the sting of the Round 2 bid rates, company officials said during an earnings call Nov. 12.

KCI’s third quarter revenues slip


SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI) has reported a drop in third-quarter revenues: $320.9 million in 2013 vs. $329.7 million in 2012, a 2.7% decrease.

New contract suppliers, new licensure issues?


WASHINGTON – It’s still early, but industry stakeholders are already hearing reports of licensure issues in the Round 1 re-compete.

Industry to analyze list of contract suppliers


WASHINGTON – Now that they have both the single payment amounts and the names of the contract suppliers for the Round 1 re-compete in hand, HME industry stakeholders are wasting no time analyzing the information.

ResMed acknowledges ‘temporary distraction’


SAN DIEGO – Round 2 of competitive bidding has tapped the brakes on ResMed’s growth, officials acknowledged during a conference call Oct. 24 to discuss the company’s first quarter 2014 earnings.

Providers in bid areas see glitch in payments


YARMOUTH, Maine – Some providers in Round 2 competitive bidding areas (CBAs) say they’re running into trouble billing for complex rehab accessories.