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Round 2 competitive bidding

Bidding fallout: Jobs cut, plans on hold


Provider Mike Kernes withstood Hurricane Sandy in October only to get hit with the disaster that is the Round 2 payment amounts in January. With an average reimbursement reduction of 45%, Kernes and many other providers are taking stock and tightening their belts.

Stakeholders beat the bushes on bidding

Also: Automatic cuts include 2% for Medicare providers

WASHINGTON – With Round 2 inching closer, HME industry stakeholders last week trekked to Washington, D.C., to talk up competitive bidding’s flaws and the market-pricing program (MPP).

Could K0821 help ease bid wounds?


WASHINGTON – There are only two things that separate the K0823 and K0821 power wheelchairs—and they could make all the difference for mobility providers in Round 2 competitive bidding areas.

A small pool in a big ocean


Let me be honest.

The first thought that ran through my head when I learned that the payment amounts for Round 2 were, on average, 45% below the current fee schedule, was, “Providers really shot themselves in the foot this time.”

Round 2 reactions: What now?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I spent some time last week checking in with state associations, and, as you can imagine, competitive bidding was the No.1 topic of discussion. 


'Are these rates sustainable?'


YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers spent the long days and nights following CMS’s announcement of the Round 2 payment amounts trying to crunch numbers and strategize their next moves.