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In brief: OIG says access intact in bid areas, GAO says to extend prior auths

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05/25/2018

WASHINGTON – Round 2 of Medicare’s competitive bidding program does not appear to have impacted access to oxygen or enteral supplies for most beneficiaries, according to two new reports from the Office of Inspector General.

OIG: Access to oxygen, enteral supplies not impeded

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05/24/2018

WASHINGTON – Round 2 of Medicare’s competitive bidding program does not appear to have impacted access to oxygen or enteral supplies for most beneficiaries, according to two new reports from the Office of Inspector General.

Stakeholders: ‘We’re an industry living in crisis’

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05/18/2018

WASHINGTON – With the fate and details of the interim final rule no longer a mystery, stakeholders and their champions in Congress are putting their full weight behind H.R. 4229, a bill that would provide more broad-based relief in non-competitive bidding areas.

Extended bid contracts? ‘Either way you lose’

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05/18/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – If CMS decides to extend current competitive bidding contracts, a slight majority (53%) of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they would accept them—reluctantly.

Bid relief update: Stakeholders target ESRD rule, as pressure mounts

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05/04/2018

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders say an upcoming rule could be a potential vehicle for changes to Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

AAHomecare tallies impact of Cures provision

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05/04/2018

WASHINGTON – The Medicaid programs of 11 states have indicated that they will be changing their fee schedules to match Medicare’s, AAHomecare reports.

Round 2019: Plenty of questions, still no answers

‘I need to decide what my next move is,’ says one contract provider
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04/27/2018

WASHINGTON – With only seven months to go until the current competitive bidding contracts expire across the country, HME providers are getting antsy for information on Round 2019.

Just say no?

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Monday, April 23, 2018

During a round of many calls last week, I spoke with someone who attended Medtrade Spring last month who spoke with someone else in-the-know about Medicare’s competitive bidding program. They discussed the question everyone wants answered: What. Will. Happen. Next?

In brief: Mulvaney comments on IFR, AAH plans response to tariffs

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04/20/2018

WASHINGTON – Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said last week that the agency is working to release an interim final rule that would provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program, but he gave no timeline for when that might happen.

Mulvaney on IFR: We hear you

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04/19/2018

WASHINGTON – Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said this week that the agency is working to release an interim final rule that would provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program, but he gave no timeline for when that might happen.

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