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CMS proposes bid surety bonds

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06/28/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS is seeking to require providers to obtain bid surety bonds, according to a proposed rule.

Bid delay efforts run out of gas

Discussions will resume after July 4th recess
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06/24/2016

WASHINGTON – With efforts to delay a second round of Medicare cuts stalled, the HME industry finds itself between a rock and a hard place, stakeholders say.

CMS delivers another blow with new pricing

July 1 pricing factors in Round 2 re-compete pricing, making cuts even steeper
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06/23/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS late this afternoon released new pricing for non-competitive bidding areas as of July 1, and in one fell swoop handed down cuts of anywhere from 10% for insulin pumps to 80% for TENS units compared to pricing in 2015.

Bid delay bill passes in Senate

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06/23/2016

WASHINGTON – The Senate has passed a bill that would delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts, according to the Council for Quality Respiratory Care.

Toxic mix

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I blogged last week about the significant drop in the number of allowed beneficiaries for some of the most popular DMEPOS products starting in January of 2016.

Industry pulls out all stops to push bill

Second phase of cuts hits non-bid areas on July 1
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06/17/2016

WASHINGTON – Friday afternoon was a nail-biter for the HME industry as a bill that would delay a second phase of Medicare reimbursement cuts moved through the “hotline” process in the Senate.

Option Care awarded enteral contracts

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06/03/2016

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. – Option Care has accepted contracts in the Round 2 re-compete to provide enteral nutrition services across the country. The provider has participated in the competitive bidding program since 2011.

GAO releases report on accessories

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06/01/2016

WASHINGTON – Accessories for complex power wheelchairs might account for a relatively small share of Medicare utilization, but they account for a much larger share of total spending, according to a highly anticipated report published June 1 by the Government Accountability Office.

CQRC: Slow down bid program

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05/31/2016

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care says the findings of a recent Office of Inspector General report further demonstrate the need to slow down the national rollout of Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

KCI fights CMS’s decision

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05/24/2016

SAN ANTONIO – KCI may have not been awarded contracts for negative pressure wound therapy as part of the Round 2 re-compete of competitive bidding, but it’s not going down without a fight.

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