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Round 2021

What’s new about the DME competitive bidding program? Everything!

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Monday, May 6, 2019
By Cara Bachenheimer, Mark J. Higley, Robert Rankin and Dan Starck

Bob Dylan probably didn’t have durable medical equipment (DME) in mind when he sang “The times they are a-Changin.” But that memorable refrain could easily apply to Medicare’s DME competitive bidding program (CBP), which will implement a brand new process for bidding this June.
 

CMS to hold bid webcasts

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05/02/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS will host three webcasts to educate providers on the key components of Round 2021. They are: May 14, Bid Surety Bond and Lead Item Pricing; May 21, Preparing and Submitting Financial Documents; and May 28, Registering and Submitting a Bid.

Get your bid bond

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04/29/2019

One of the many items to check off on the to-do list for HME providers planning to submit bids in Round 2021 of competitive bidding is obtaining $50,000 bid bonds for each CBA in which they plan to submit a bid.

Stakeholders launch bid website

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04/18/2019

WASHINGTON – A group of HME industry stakeholders has officially launched dmecbpeducation.com, a website for providers to learn about the changes in Round 2021 of competitive bidding and to prepare their bids.

Pay attention to bid calculators, say poll respondents

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04/12/2019

YARMOUTH, Maine – Nearly 80% of the respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they have used or plan to use new bid calculators developed by industry stakeholders to help them formulate their bids for Round 2021.

Vent providers fear worst

‘We’re really just being asked to cut our rate and offer no other support’
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04/05/2019

YARMOUTH, Maine – The lack of clear guidance for non-invasive ventilators could make it difficult to calculate bids for the product and could, ultimately, compromise patient care, say providers.

Road to Round 2021: New calculator highlights ‘bid ceiling,’ comparisons

Stakeholders say it’s more robust than CMS’s calculator
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03/29/2019

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders have updated an industry website dedicated to competitive bidding information with a calculator to help HME providers formulate their bids for the next round of the Medicare program.

Round 2021: Timeline, categories vex stakeholders

Legislation to carve out vents expected to be introduced
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03/15/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS has set an “aggressive” timeline for HME providers to gear up for Round 2021 of competitive bidding, industry stakeholders say.

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