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In brief: OIG says access intact in bid areas, GAO says to extend prior auths

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05/25/2018

WASHINGTON – Round 2 of Medicare’s competitive bidding program does not appear to have impacted access to oxygen or enteral supplies for most beneficiaries, according to two new reports from the Office of Inspector General.

OIG: Access to oxygen, enteral supplies not impeded

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05/24/2018

WASHINGTON – Round 2 of Medicare’s competitive bidding program does not appear to have impacted access to oxygen or enteral supplies for most beneficiaries, according to two new reports from the Office of Inspector General.

Utilization drops in Round 2 bid areas, GAO finds

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10/19/2016

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’?

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04/15/2016

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

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02/19/2016

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

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11/22/2013

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

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11/15/2013

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

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11/14/2013

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?

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11/08/2013

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

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11/01/2013

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.

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