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Verma hearing includes comments on bid program


WASHINGTON – Seema Verma, President Donald Trump’s nominee to run CMS, said during a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Feb. 16 that one-size-fits-all approaches to health care, like the agency’s competitive bidding program, don’t always work.

Stakeholders stand ready to change bid program, with Price’s help

The broad underlying statute governing the program gives complete discretion to the administration, they point out

WASHINGTON – CMS’s decision to temporarily delay Round 2019 of competitive bidding could mean a revamp of the program, now that Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., is taking the helm at the Department of Health and Human Services, say industry stakeholders.

AAH paper makes case for preserving Medicaid rates


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has released a briefing paper designed to help HME providers engage state Medicaid programs now that a new law has been passed that limits the federal contribution for HME to these programs to the Medicare rates starting Jan. 1, 2018.

CMS taps the brakes on Round 2019


WASHINGTON – CMS has decided to temporarily delay Round 2019 of competitive bidding to give the new administration the chance to review the program.

CMS adds teeth to bid program


WASHINGTON – After several rounds of the competitive bidding program now under its belt, CMS has implemented improvements to Round 2019 that could curb the ongoing race to the bottom, say industry stakeholders.

The year in HME News stories


YARMOUTH, Maine – 2016 was the year that HME providers fought back.

Ending on a high note

Friday, December 2, 2016

It’s not everyday someone who has such close ties to the HME industry gets appointed to a top post like secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

I mean, has it happened, ever?

Trump taps HME champion Price as HHS secretary


WASHINGTON – President Elect Donald Trump has named Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., a long-time champion of the HME industry and its efforts to reform Medicare’s competitive bidding program, as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to news reports.

OIG to review competitive bidding program


WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General has released its work plan for 2017, including post-award audits to assess CMS’s competitive bidding program.

Competitive bidding update: CMS awards new contracts, finalizes changes to program


WASHINGTON – CMS on Nov. 2 announced the contract suppliers for the latest round of its competitive bidding program.