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Round 2021

BREAKING NEWS! CMS announces Round 2021 payment amounts for back, knee braces

Agency plans to award contracts only in these two product categories
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10/27/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced Round 2021 single payment amounts for off-the-shelf back braces and knee braces—and only those product categories.

In brief: Not so fast CBIC, OIG on vents, reviews expanded

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09/25/2020

WASHINGTON – The CBIC recently sent a message indicating that Round 2021 “contract offers and disqualification information would soon be provided” in Connexion, but they did it without clearing it with CMS, according to AAHomecare.

Round 2021 update: Not so fast CBIC?

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09/24/2020

WASHINGTON – The CBIC recently sent a message indicating that Round 2021 “contract offers and disqualification information would soon be provided” in Connexion, but they did it without clearing it with CMS, according to AAHomecare.

Bid relief: Everything is on the table, stakeholders say

From getting Senate sign-on letter to finding vehicles for H.R. 2771
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09/04/2020

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders spent the August recess following up with committees of jurisdiction in Congress as part of their continued efforts to pause Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program.

Lawmakers, stakeholders continue press for bid delay

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08/06/2020

WASHINGTON – West Virginia’s congressional delegation has asked CMS Administrator Seema Verma to delay Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program during the public health emergency.

Stakeholders issue last call for signatures

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07/30/2020

WASHINGTON – A last minute push by HME providers boosted to 101 the number of signatures on a “Dear Colleague” letter that seeks to pause Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

Industry ramps up political pressure

Deadline for congressional letter is July 29
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07/24/2020

WASHINGTON – A “Dear Colleague” letter making the rounds in the House of Representatives is the next step in trying to get CMS to use its authority to pause Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

AAH: Letter to delay bid program needs signatures

Reps. Rodgers, Loebsack worry about pandemic’s impact on capacity
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07/20/2020

WASHINGTON – Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, have released a “Dear Colleague” letter urging CMS to delay its competitive bidding program for one year or through the duration of the public health emergency, whichever is longer, AAHomecare reports.

Round 2021: All eyes on CMS

‘We’re beginning to see a surge, and we don’t know what the fall and winter will bring’
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07/02/2020

WASHINGTON – There’s no crystal ball, but after two meetings with high-level CMS officials in late June, industry stakeholders feel there could be a chance the agency pauses Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

Decline in HME providers strains those that are left

There are fewer providers to serve more patients, amid a pandemic that has increased demand
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06/26/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – Medicare’s competitive bidding program has decimated their ranks over the past 10 years and now those HME providers that are left are in the middle of a pandemic and facing Round 2021.

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