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Bid program: Stakeholders push for more meaningful fix


WASHINGTON – HME industry stakeholders are hard at work trying to leverage a small victory in their fight against competitive bidding.

In brief: Consumers back bill, F&P breaks records, Inova secures financing


WASHINGTON – More than a dozen consumer groups are throwing their support behind H. R. 1717, a bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP), according to AAHomecare.

Industry casts further doubt on bid process


WASHINGTON – H.R. 1717 remains the HME industry’s No. 1 priority, but with time running out, stakeholders are again pressing for a delay in the July 1 start date of Round 2 of competitive bidding.

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.

Legislators question bid program


WASHINGTON – A bipartisan letter to CMS led by Tom Price, R-Ga., and co-signed by 100 U.S. representatives, is calling into question the competitive bidding program, according to an AMEPA newsletter.

Industry pokes holes in bid program


WASHINGTON – A pair of planned Hill briefings and a “Dear Colleague” letter are turning up the heat on the HME industry’s fight against competitive bidding.

Stakeholders beat the bushes on bidding

Also: Automatic cuts include 2% for Medicare providers

WASHINGTON – With Round 2 inching closer, HME industry stakeholders last week trekked to Washington, D.C., to talk up competitive bidding’s flaws and the market-pricing program (MPP).

In brief: Liberty files for bankruptcy, lawmakers push for MPP score


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Just months after a group of company execs bought Liberty Medical from its parent company, they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Feb. 15, according to news reports.

Ohio lawmakers to CBO: Score MPP


WASHINGTON – In letters this month, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and a group of 11 congressmen from the state urged the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to score the market-pricing program (MPP).