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Round 2 competitive bidding

Inconsistencies in bid program


BALTIMORE – CMS did not always follow its own procedures and federal requirements for awarding competitive bidding contracts consistently, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

New study is wake-up call for providers, says Ryan


WASHINGTON – Medicare payments under the competitive bidding program are below providers’ costs and therefore unsustainable, says a new study.

In brief: Utilization drops in Round 2 bid areas, retail finalists named


WASHINGTON – The number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving DMEPOS in Round 2 areas decreased more than twice as much from 2012 to 2014 than in non-bid areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Closings abound


Since founding Medi-Healthcare in 1985, CEO Robert Slama has seen providers come and go, but recently, he says there’s a lot more going than coming.

Being a contract supplier: Has it been worth it?


Editor’s note: This is the first of two stories examining the impact of competitive bidding in Round 2 areas. Next week: “Closings abound.”

Round 2 at one-year mark: ‘We’ve thinned the ranks’


YARMOUTH, Maine – In the year since Round 2 of competitive bidding was implemented in 91 cities, the HME industry has seen a rapidly shrinking provider base.

Reporter's notebook: Burden intensifies for contract suppliers


When it comes to managing a Round 2 contract, the low single payment amounts aren’t the only obstacle to providing timely service. Onerous documentation requirements and shortsighted Medicare rules may present even bigger hurdles.

Round 2: Up, down, all around


YARMOUTH, Maine – More than half a year in, Round 2 of the competitive bidding program has had an uneven impact on providers in affected areas.

Private pay rates below bid rates


BlueCross BlueShield in several states plans to implement new payment rates this fall that look a lot like the Round 2 bid rates, and in some cases, worse.

Hart Medical gains affiliates


DETROIT – Two Michigan hospital-based systems and an affiliate of Center Line, Mich.-based Binson’s Home Health Centers have agreed to merge, according to Crain’s Detroit Business.