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Round 2 re-compete

Week brings volley of bid-related items


WASHINGTON – Last week was busy for the HME industry as both CMS and stakeholders pushed and pulled against the competitive bidding program.

New rates raise noise level about sustainability, access


YARMOUTH, Maine – It wasn’t their first go-round, but HME providers were still surprised when they saw the payment amounts that CMS released this week for the Round 2 re-compete of competitive bidding.

CMS resets payment amounts for Round 2


BALTIMORE – CMS today announced the new single payment amounts for the Round 2 re-compete of competitive bidding.

CMS opens portal for bid offers


WASHINGTON – In a sign that contract offers might be on their way, HME providers who submitted bids as part of the Round 2 and the national mail-order re-compete may now register for Connexion.

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.

CMS extends bid deadline


BALTIMORE – CMS has pushed back the deadline to submit bids for the Round 2 re-compete by a day.

In an announcement this morning, the agency said that, due to technical difficulties yesterday, the bid window will now close at 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 26.

Respiratory category forces hands of providers in Round 2 re-compete


YARMOUTH, Maine – Providers who do CPAP but not oxygen therapy have had to make some hard decisions as part of the Round 2 re-compete.

It’s the first time they’ve been faced with the combined product category. 

Submit a bid in the Round 2 re-compete? ‘Why bother?’


YARMOUTH, Maine – It turns out the top strategy for many HME providers in Round 2 competitive bidding areas isn’t whether or not to bid higher or lower as part of the re-compete, but not to bid at all.

Bid bills need to move fast


WASHINGTON – With the bid window for the Round 2 re-compete of competitive bidding set to open this week, industry stakeholders are eyeing their options to fast track a pair of bills to reform the bidding program.