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Industry ramps up political pressure

July 24, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

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. The letter, spearheaded by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, asks CMS to pause the next round of the program for a year or through the duration of the public health emergency, whichever is longer. “The political pressure of a letter like this makes a huge difference,”...

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Stakeholders launch #Tweet4CRT

April 7, 2015HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - NCART, U.S. Rehab and People for Quality Care have launched #Tweet4CRT to fight CMS's plan to apply competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs. Stakeholders plan to use the social media campaign to boost congressional support for a “Dear Colleague” letter asking CMS not to make the change, scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. The campaign encourages Twitter users to visit to send a specialized tweet to their representative...

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NCART calls for action on accessories

March 24, 2015HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - NCART is calling on members of the House of Representatives this week to sign a “Dear Colleague” letter asking CMS to reconsider its plans to apply competitive bidding pricing to complex rehab wheelchair accessories. Stakeholders are collecting signatures until noon on Friday, March 27. “This is an extremely serious threat to CRT access for both Medicare beneficiaries and for individuals enrolled in Medicaid and other health insurance plans,” Don Clayback,...

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'Dear Colleague' letter calls for review of bid program

June 13, 2014HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - A “Dear Colleague” letter circulating through Congress calls on the Office of Inspector General to review the competitive bidding program before its 2016 expansion, according to a VGM bulletin. The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., calls for a study of how competitive bidding and the national mail-order program for diabetic testing supplies are affecting senior health. Members...

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