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Round 1 2017

DirectRx wins bid contract for nebulizers


TROY, Mich. – DirectRx Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy, says it has won a competitive bidding contract for nebulizers and related supplies as part of Round 1 2017. Under the contract, which runs from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec.

Providers prep for more fallout in Round 1 areas


YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers in Round 1 areas are bracing themselves for an additional Medicare reimbursement cut of, on average, 5.2% on Jan. 1.

TENS, CPAP devices see biggest hits in Round 1 2017


WASHINGTON – HME providers will see an overall reduction in Medicare reimbursement of 5.2% from the Round 1 re-compete to Round 1 2017, according to an analysis by AAHomecare.

Bid fight has new urgency

Payment amount for oxygen concentrators drops to an average of $77.97 in Round 1 areas

WASHINGTON – CMS has delivered a one-two punch to the HME industry, with precious few days left to line up legislation to slow down the spread of competitive bidding.

CMS announces Round 1 2017 payment amounts


WASHINGTON – CMS has announced the new single payment amounts for Round 1 2017 and has begun sending contract offers.

New contract period has pros and cons, say providers


YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers are on the fence over whether the shorter contract period for Round 1 2017 is a draw or a deterrent.

VGM takes bid show on road


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group will take to the road again with its Fall Seminar Series on competitive bidding. The fall/early winter series will be held in a dozen metropolitan regions encompassing the nine Round 1 2017 bid areas.

CMS shortens Round 1 contracts


BALTIMORE – CMS announced the timeline for Round 1 2017 last week, with one noticeable difference from previous rounds: The contract period is two years instead of three.

CMS announces bidding timeline for Round 1 2017


BALTIMORE – Registration for Round 1 2017 opens Aug. 25, and the bid window opens Oct. 15, CMS announced yesterday.

'Challenging’ product put out to bid

‘I see the potential for some adverse effects, some failures, and some deaths,’ says one provider

BALTIMORE – CMS’s decision to include non-invasive vents in competitive bidding is a “knee-jerk” reaction to a spike in billing that could have adverse consequences for patients, say providers.