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In brief: Not so fast CBIC, OIG on vents, reviews expanded

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09/25/2020

WASHINGTON – The CBIC recently sent a message indicating that Round 2021 “contract offers and disqualification information would soon be provided” in Connexion, but they did it without clearing it with CMS, according to AAHomecare.

OIG: Medicare pays too much for non-invasive vents

Agency recommends CMS include E0466 in bid program ‘as soon as possible’
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09/22/2020

WASHINGTON – Medicare pays more for non-invasive ventilators than certain other payers, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

CMS mostly followed bid rules, says OIG

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09/03/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS consistently followed established procedures and applicable requirements for its competitive bidding program for the majority of winning suppliers, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

Industry ramps up political pressure

Deadline for congressional letter is July 29
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07/24/2020

WASHINGTON – A “Dear Colleague” letter making the rounds in the House of Representatives is the next step in trying to get CMS to use its authority to pause Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

AAH: Letter to delay bid program needs signatures

Reps. Rodgers, Loebsack worry about pandemic’s impact on capacity
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07/20/2020

WASHINGTON – Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, have released a “Dear Colleague” letter urging CMS to delay its competitive bidding program for one year or through the duration of the public health emergency, whichever is longer, AAHomecare reports.

Decline in HME providers strains those that are left

There are fewer providers to serve more patients, amid a pandemic that has increased demand
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06/26/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – Medicare’s competitive bidding program has decimated their ranks over the past 10 years and now those HME providers that are left are in the middle of a pandemic and facing Round 2021.

Round 2021: CMS grants bond allowance

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03/17/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS is allowing providers to submit surety bond riders and/or page two of their bid surety bonds to make sure they meet Round 2021 requirements.

Career-ending disqualification?

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02/25/2020

Our bid was a simple matter. We are one of two independent DME companies in our city. I don’t know if they intended to participate or not, but our bid was simple to calculate—“one dollar under the limiting amount” in all regards bid.

Clock ticks on bid relief

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01/03/2020

WASHINGTON – As the second session of Congress gets underway this week, stakeholders say it’s time to amplify their efforts seeking relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

VGM hosts bid eval webcast

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12/06/2019

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group’s Mark Higley and Ronda Buhrmester are hosting a webcast on Dec. 11 on the preliminary bid evaluation (PBE) notices that providers received Dec. 3.

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