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Round 2021

In brief: CVS doubles down on HealthHUBs, CMS seeks input on paperwork burden


WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Health will open additional HealthHUBs in Houston this year, as well as in Atlanta, Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey and Tampa, the company announced as part of its 2019 Investor Day on June 4.

Reverse calculators added to industry’s bid website


WASHINGTON – The industry stakeholders behind have added three reverse calculators to the website to help HME providers formulate their bids for Round 2021.

VGM enhances bid calculators


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has released enhanced competitive bidding calculators that allow providers to input their own books of business and desired bid prices to reflect changes in revenues.

In brief: Crunch time for non-invasive vents, with sign-on letter approaching deadline and patient organizations weighing in


WASHINGTON – The deadline for a sign-on letter in the House of Representatives that asks CMS to drop non-invasive vents from Round 2021 of competitive bidding could be as early as June 5, AAHomecare reports.

West Va. lawmakers weigh in on bid program


WASHINGTON – West Virginia’s congressional delegation recently sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking her to be mindful of the challenges rural providers face in Round 2021.

Heavy hitters weigh in on non-invasive vents


WASHINGTON – A coalition of patient organizations “implores” HHS and CMS to permanently exclude non-invasive ventilators from the competitive bidding program.

CliffsNotes: How to bid smart


YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers are swimming in changes surrounding Round 2021, so HME News hopped on the “Bid Smart” webcast last week to hear what would float to the top in a one-hour webcast. Here are some highlights.

Know the ceiling

CMS details bidder capacity


WASHINGTON – CMS will use a bidder’s estimated capacity—or their historic capacity plus their projected increase in capacity—along with their bid amount, to rank bids, reports the coalition behind

Get ready to ‘Bid Smart’


WASHINGTON – The coalition behind will host a “Bid Smart 2019” webcast* on Monday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST.

CMS details timeline for Round 2021


WASHINGTON – CMS has updated its timeline for Round 2021, including the opening of the bid window on July 16.