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Contract providers receive termination letters


WASHINGTON – “Secret shopper” calls have lead to dozens of termination letters for contract providers, The VGM Group reports. Providers are receiving the letters after failing to respond to the calls.

CMS: An accessory is an accessory is an accessory


WASHINGTON – CMS is standing by its decision to apply competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs.

How’s that for reason?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

While trying to parse together the news last Friday that CMS was dropping non-invasive vents from Round 1 2017, Managing Editor Theresa and I came to the conclusion that the agency figured out it needed to work out s

Study slams bid program, calls for suspension

Higher number of deaths, hospitalizations in test markets

BOSTON – A new study strongly disputes CMS’s claim that Medicare beneficiaries have experienced no disruption in access to diabetes supplies as a result of competitive bidding.

CMS overhauls vent product category


WASHINGTON – CMS announced on Thursday that it has dropped non-invasive vents from the competitive bidding program for Round 1 2017.

Technical difficulties, or as one provider called it, “CBIC/NSC Goofs”

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

No sooner had I heard that CMS had sent out letters to providers asking them to review their bids as part of the Round 2 re-compete had I started hearing of issues.

OIG report includes DME items


WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General included in its semiannual report to Congress a recommendation that the New York Medicaid program could have saved an estimated

Round 1 2017: No lessons learned


BALTIMORE – Despite widespread concerns and a new law that will eventually require modifications to the program, the next phase of competitive bidding mostly mirrors the recently completed Round 2 re-compete.

CMS has some explaining to do

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More than anything else, the binding bids language recently passed as part of the “doc fix” bill sends a strong message to CMS that its competitive bidding program, as currently structured, is majorly flawed.

Great debate: To niche or not?


YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers have long debated whether it’s best to specialize or diversify, but these days, the 800-pound gorilla that is Medicare is driving those decisions, they say.