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New report raises further doubts on bid program


WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care says lawmakers should heed the findings of a new white paper that raises concerns about the roll out of competitive bid rates nationwide.

Senators push 15-month delay for upcoming bid cuts


WASHINGTON – Just days after CMS released new payment amounts for the latest round of its competitive bidding program, two senators have introduced a bill that would delay a second round of cuts planned for non-bid areas on July 1, 2016.

Stakeholders seek rate freeze, delay


WASHINGTON – With only the first of two planned cuts in effect, industry stakeholders say a freeze of current rates in regional and rural areas is their best bet.

It’s the 11th hour for bid bills

‘This is (the industry’s) Alamo,’ says VGM’s John Gallagher

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders hit the ground running last week with the introduction of a second bill that would lessen the impact of competitive bidding.

CMS releases updated fee schedule


WASHINGTON – After finding several errors in its revised 2016 DMEPOS fee schedule, CMS has posted an updated version to its website, AAHomecare has announced.

CMS to revise revised fee schedule


BALTIMORE – CMS will revise its recently released 2016 DMEPOS fee schedule after finding errors, the agency has announced.

CMS releases zip codes, fee schedule format


WASHINGTON – CMS has released a revised fee schedule format and a preliminary list of rural zip codes for the national roll out of competitive bidding.