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VGM fights back with data

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09/23/2016

WATERLOO, Iowa – Results from The VGM Group’s “Supplier Impact Survey” debunk CMS’s claims that its competitive bidding program hasn’t affected access to home medical equipment.

In brief: Report raises concerns, court pressures HHS

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09/23/2016

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers should heed the findings of a new report that raises concerns about the roll out of competitive bidding rates nationwide, says The Council for Quality Respiratory Care.

New report raises further doubts on bid program

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09/20/2016

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care says lawmakers should heed the findings of a new white paper that raises concerns about the roll out of competitive bid rates nationwide.

Stakeholders detail ‘alarming’ situation in rural areas

Seek bill with non-HME pay-for to pass before Sept. 30
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09/16/2016

WASHINGTON – After a tough week in which CMS trumpeted its competitive bidding program for HME as having no impact on access, all the while creating significant savings, AAHomecare hit back.

Hospital system slams bid program

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09/15/2016

BERKLEY, Calif. –The University of California Health System has urged CMS to carefully evaluate the impacts of its competitive bidding program, saying that hospitals within its system continue to see significant problems obtaining DME.

Bid fight has new urgency

Payment amount for oxygen concentrators drops to an average of $77.97 in Round 1 areas
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09/09/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS has delivered a one-two punch to the HME industry, with precious few days left to line up legislation to slow down the spread of competitive bidding.

CMS announces Round 1 2017 payment amounts

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09/08/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced the new single payment amounts for Round 1 2017 and has begun sending contract offers.

Calm before the storm?

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

I wrote a blog earlier this year about how competitive bidding has affected access to home medical equipment.

Nowhere to hide: Reimbursement cuts multiply

‘We cannot survive’ wrote one poll respondent
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08/19/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine – Third-party payers have wasted no time applying recently reduced Medicare pricing, respondents to the latest HME Newspoll say.

VGM launches impact survey

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08/05/2016

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has launched “The Supplier Impact Survey” to provide lawmakers on Capitol Hill with real-world figures on the impact of competitive bidding on HME providers and their patients.

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