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CMS releases fee schedule amounts for rural areas


WASHINGTON – CMS has released revised fee schedule amounts for 11 product categories as part of its national roll out competitive bidding on Jan. 1.

Rep. Tipton throws support behind rural providers


WASHINGTON – Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., is collecting signatures for a “Dear Colleague” letter that asks for legislative relief from impending Medicare cuts for HME providers in rural areas, VGM announced yesterday.

What will Round 2 re-compete look like?


ATLANTA – Mark Higley laid to bare his predictions for the upcoming Round 2 re-compete during a session at Medtrade last week.

Stakeholders make progress on bidding relief

Democratic co-sponsor, Senate lead have signed on

ATLANTA – A bill that would soften the blow of the national expansion of competitive bidding is coming, AAHomecare officials told Medtrade attendees last week.

OIG once again highlights savings associated with bid program


WASHINGTON – Four states could have saved an additional $12 million on certain DME items by using pricing comparable to Round 2 of competitive bidding and the national mail-order programs, according to a recent

CMS releases zip codes, fee schedule format


WASHINGTON – CMS has released a revised fee schedule format and a preliminary list of rural zip codes for the national roll out of competitive bidding.

Provider is old hat at competitive bidding


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Once the bid window for Round 1 2017 opens on Oct. 15, Maurie Lecker will begin formulating his bids, but this isn’t the provider’s first rodeo. 

Stakeholders key up for small legislative window


WASHINGTON – It’s game time for the HME industry, with stakeholders expecting a bill to “fix” the nationwide expansion of bid pricing to drop in the next few weeks.

The year so far: Chaos, exits and raids, with a little bidding thrown in

Friday, September 11, 2015

It’s Friday, which means it's Newswire day. I could stop there, but we’re also pasting up the October issue (the pre-show issue for Medtrade!) and it’s the prelude to the HME News Business Summit on Sunday (there’s still time to register!).

VGM creates cost calculator as part of bid fight


WATERLOO, Iowa - The VGM Group has created a delivery cost calculator to help show Congress and CMS that rural areas will take a significant hit in 2016 if competitive bidding pricing is applied nationwide.