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CMS upends competitive bidding

Agency pauses program with plans to implement significant changes, including some that stem from industry recommendations
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07/13/2018

WASHINGTON – All Medicare-enrolled HME providers are back in business starting Jan. 1, 2019.

CMS’s Seema Verma: Current bid structure ‘not sustainable’

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07/12/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS Administrator Seema Verma says she wants to “modernize” the agency’s long-standing competitive bidding program for DMEPOS by instituting market-oriented reforms.

Proposed rule: Current bid contracts won’t be extended

Rule also proposes adjustments to fee schedule methodology, establish separate payment class for oxygen
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07/11/2018

WASHINGTON – A proposed rule released today seeks to make changes to the Medicare fee schedule and the competitive bidding program.

Stakeholders push for comments on bid-related IFR

‘CMS refers to comments all the time,’ says VGM’s Gallagher
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06/22/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – With only two weeks left until a July 9 deadline, a paltry 56 comments have been submitted in response to a competitive bidding-related interim final rule.

Heard at Heartland: Engage your employees, leverage growing demand

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06/22/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – Whether it’s medical supplies or a hot dog stand, if you want to build a world-class company, your employees need to provide exemplary service, said keynote speaker John DiJulius at the Heartland Conference last week.

In brief: MedPAC makes case for ramping up bid program, several DME product categories dropped from Trump tariffs

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06/22/2018

WASHINGTON – MedPAC’s June 2018 report to Congress recommends that CMS include more DMEPOS products in the competitive bidding program as a way to improve Medicare’s payment policies and reduce fraud and abuse.

AAH updates: Bidding, MedPAC, Medicaid

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06/21/2018

AAHomecare submitted two letters to Health and Human Services and CMS officials this week.

MedPAC makes case for ramping up bid program

Commission says CMS has authority to include more products, like vents, in program
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06/18/2018

WASHINGTON – MedPAC’s June 2018 report to Congress recommends that CMS include more DMEPOS products in the competitive bidding program as a way to improve Medicare’s payment policies and reduce fraud and abuse.

‘Pay attention to the details,’ says Doug Coleman

He’s this year’s AAHomecare/Mal Mixon Legislative Advocate
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06/08/2018

LOVELAND, Colo. – Doug Coleman opened Major Medical Supply in 2000, despite seeing the writing on the wall with Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

CQRC questions OIG findings

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05/30/2018

WASHINGTON – The Council on Quality Respiratory Care criticized a recent report from the Office of Inspector General, saying it underestimates the negative impact of the competitive bidding program on access for oxygen patients.

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