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Clock ticks on bid relief


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


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.

Stakeholders run with vent bill

‘They are very concerned about CMS and they want a remedy’

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are prioritizing the 180 members of the House of Representatives who signed a letter asking CMS to drop non-invasive vents from competitive bidding to now support H.R. 4945.

Round 2021: CBIC seeks ‘substantiation’ letters, CMS solicits comments on communication


WASHINGTON –The Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor has sent notices to bidders asking them to substantiate their bids, VGM reports.

In brief: CMS publishes final rule, Rotech taps $50M for acquisitions


WASHINGTON – CMS on Thursday afternoon released an ESRD final rule that establishes a permanent home infusion therapy benefit in 2021 and establishes a methodology for establishing fee schedules for new DMEPOS items.

Competitive bidding ombudsman reports on complaints


WASHINGTON – The Competitive Acquisition Ombudsman recently published a report to Congress on concerns with the program, including beneficiary access.

CMS downplays vent concerns


WASHINGTON – CMS says it has safeguards in place to protect beneficiary access to non-invasive ventilators during Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

Stakeholders seek five-year bid delay for non-invasive vents


ATLANTA – A bill could be introduced literally any day now to pump the brakes on CMS’s plans to include non-invasive ventilation in its competitive bidding program, AAHomecare’s Jay Witter told Medtrade attendees on Tuesday morning.

Event puts HME in front of influential senator


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A fundraising event for Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., netted nearly $17,000 for the senator’s campaign fund and gave HME providers a chance to re-engage with the longtime industry champion.

You tell us

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

During a conference call last week with the panelists for a session at the upcoming HME News Business Summit on investment and M&A in the HME industry, it wasn’t long before the elephant in the room came up: competitive bidding.