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non-invasive vents

Reporter's notebook: Vents, vents and more vents

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01/22/2016

Providers had plenty to vent about in 2015 as CMS twisted the ventilator product category this way and that in response to a spike in utilization. 

Stakeholders ‘push back’ on vent changes

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06/12/2015

BALTIMORE – CMS’s plan to overhaul vent codes has industry stakeholders saying, “Slow down.”

CMS overhauls vent product category

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06/05/2015

WASHINGTON – CMS announced late Thursday that it has dropped non-invasive vents from the competitive bidding program for Round 1 2017.

Vulnerable patient population at risk

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05/26/2015

By including non-invasive vents in competitive bidding, CMS has “overlooked” the most fragile patients: those with serious neuromuscular conditions, say providers.

'Challenging’ product put out to bid

‘I see the potential for some adverse effects, some failures, and some deaths,’ says one provider
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05/01/2015

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.

CMS further distinguishes vents

‘It gives them one more way of enforcement’
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05/01/2015

BALTIMORE – CMS has drawn another thick line between ventilators and Bi-level PAP devices.

Round 1 2017: No lessons learned

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04/24/2015

BALTIMORE – Despite widespread concerns and a new law that will eventually require modifications to the program, the next phase of competitive bidding mostly mirrors the recently completed Round 2 re-compete.