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Stark, Baird on post-Jan. 1

They address referral source re-education, capped rental conundrums, and outdated agreements
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09/14/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – The Medicare landscape could look very different on Jan. 1, 2019, but industry watchers don’t expect any knee-jerk reactions from HME providers.

M&A: What will be impact of bid changes?

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09/07/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – It’s still early, but CMS’s proposed changes to the competitive bidding program could renew M&A activity, analysts say.

Medtrade adds bidding track

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09/07/2018

ATLANTA – Medtrade has added a track called “The New Competitive Bidding” to its educational lineup, in response to a recent proposed rule that would allow any Medicare-enrolled provider to supply DME to beneficiaries starting Jan. 1, 2019.

Coalition wants liquid oxygen out of bid program

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09/07/2018

WASHINGTON – A coalition of 20 patient and physician groups is asking CMS to remove liquid oxygen from its competitive bidding program.

GAO sides with CMS on impact of bid program

‘However, some effects may take longer to appear, underscoring the importance of CMS’s continued monitoring activities’
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08/28/2018

WASHINGTON – The average reduction in payment rates in non-competitive bidding areas for five DME items with the highest expenditures in 2016 was 46%, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

AAH responds to recent proposed rule

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08/21/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare argues that CMS should pay HME providers in competitive bidding areas a higher rate during an upcoming “gap period” in the program, according to comments submitted by the association this week in response to a recent proposed rule.

Expect shifts to Medicare’s provider base, poll respondents say

60% of non-contract suppliers, 33% of contract suppliers say they’re out
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08/17/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – The majority of non-contract suppliers who responded to a recent HME Newspoll (60%) say they won’t try to pick up Medicare business starting Jan. 1, 2019.

In brief: VGM rolls out bid-related tools, CRT providers report reduced access

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08/17/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has released an interactive tool that allows providers to assess what areas CMS has deemed bid, non-rural, rural and non-contiguous.

VGM rolls out bid-related tools

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08/15/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has released a tool that allows providers to assess what areas CMS has deemed bid, non-rural, rural and non-contiguous.

Stakeholders fine-tune message in August

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08/03/2018

WASHINGTON – As lawmakers head into their August recess, industry stakeholders will keep the focus on a recent proposed rule overhauling Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

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