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Get out in front of bundled payments, Seibels says


LAS VEGAS – CMS’s plan to use bundled payments isn’t popular, but the initiative could, ultimately, help HME providers show their worth as cost-savers, says Emmet Seibels, who spoke at Medtrade Spring last week. 

Sleep landscape: An open letter to Marilyn Tavenner


Dear Ms. Tavenner: I write this letter based on my experience as the executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association from May 2004 to March 2014. The opinions and recommendations expressed here are my own and not those held by the association.

Bidding and bundling: Providers heed call to comment


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders say a large number of providers answered the call to submit comments by Sept. 2 on a proposed rule to, among other things, expand the competitive bidding program nationwide.

Mobility providers balk at single code system


YARMOUTH, Maine – Mobility providers aren’t lining up to support a CMS proposal to describe, and pay for, standard manual and standard power wheelchairs each under a single code.  

CMS proposal oversimplifies wheelchair provision


WASHINGTON – The devil’s in the details, and the lack of details in CMS’s proposal to implement bundled monthly payments for standard manual and power wheelchairs has stakeholders on edge.

CMS barrels forward with bidding, bundling


WASHINGTON – CMS’s plan to expand competitive bidding pricing and implement bundled monthly payments for certain HME is a mixed bag of positives and negatives, industry stakeholders say.

Biggest loser: rural areas

CMS moves forward with bidding, bundling


WASHINGTON – CMS on July 2 issued a proposed rule outlining how it plans to expand competitive bidding pricing nationwide and bundle payments for certain DME.

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Bundling would worsen broken system, poll respondents say


YARMOUTH, Maine – Bundling payments for certain DME would create a bundle of problems for providers and beneficiaries alike, according to a recent HME NewsPoll. 

Bundling would complicate, not simplify, bidding, providers say


BALTIMORE – The costs for providing enteral nutrition fluctuate so wildly, that bidding the product category as a bundled service would be a stab in the dark, say providers.

CMS: ‘There’s no specific proposal at this point’


BALTIMORE – CMS in February began taking public comment on how to expand competitive bidding nationwide, but not on the program itself, officials said during a March 5 Open Door Forum.