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OIG once again highlights savings associated with bid program


WASHINGTON – Four states could have saved an additional $12 million on certain DME items by using pricing comparable to Round 2 of competitive bidding and the national mail-order programs, according to a recent

CMS releases zip codes, fee schedule format


WASHINGTON – CMS has released a revised fee schedule format and a preliminary list of rural zip codes for the national roll out of competitive bidding.

Provider is old hat at competitive bidding


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Once the bid window for Round 1 2017 opens on Oct. 15, Maurie Lecker will begin formulating his bids, but this isn’t the provider’s first rodeo. 

Stakeholders key up for small legislative window


WASHINGTON – It’s game time for the HME industry, with stakeholders expecting a bill to “fix” the nationwide expansion of bid pricing to drop in the next few weeks.

The year so far: Chaos, exits and raids, with a little bidding thrown in

Friday, September 11, 2015

It’s Friday, which means it's Newswire day. I could stop there, but we’re also pasting up the October issue (the pre-show issue for Medtrade!) and it’s the prelude to the HME News Business Summit on Sunday (there’s still time to register!).

VGM creates cost calculator as part of bid fight


WATERLOO, Iowa - The VGM Group has created a delivery cost calculator to help show Congress and CMS that rural areas will take a significant hit in 2016 if competitive bidding pricing is applied nationwide.

CMS shortens Round 1 contracts


BALTIMORE – CMS announced the timeline for Round 1 2017 last week, with one noticeable difference from previous rounds: The contract period is two years instead of three.

CMS announces bidding timeline for Round 1 2017


BALTIMORE – Registration for Round 1 2017 opens Aug. 25, and the bid window opens Oct. 15, CMS announced yesterday.

Deadline is here for senate letter on accessories


WASHINGTON – Today is the last day for senators to sign on to a letter asking CMS to continue paying for accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs at the fee schedule, not the comp

Rep. Zeldin moves to protect accessories


WASHINGTON – Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., has introduced a bill that would prevent CMS from applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex power wheelchairs, AAHomecare and NCART announced today.