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OIG: Access to oxygen, enteral supplies not impeded

May 24, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Round 2 of Medicare's competitive bidding program does not appear to have impacted access to oxygen or enteral supplies for most beneficiaries, according to two new reports from the Office of Inspector General.The OIG analyzed claims data from three months before and six months after the July 1, 2013, kick-off of the program in both CBAs and non-CBAs.For oxygen, the OIG found that Medicare payments continued for 86% of beneficiaries in CBAs and 89% of beneficiaries in non-CBAs. Those...

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Utilization drops in Round 2 bid areas, GAO finds

October 19, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving DMEPOS in Round 2 areas decreased more than twice as much from 2012 to 2014 than in non-bid areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.The number of beneficiaries receiving DMEPOS in Round 2 areas decreased 17% from 2012, the year before bid pricing went into effect, to 2014, the year after. The number of beneficiaries in non-bid areas decreased 6% during the same time period.“CMS officials stated that...

Competitive Bidding, DME Utilization, GAO, round 2

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NewsPoll: Are bid contracts 'worth it'?

April 15, 2016Tracy Orzel

YARMOUTH, Maine - Respondents to a recent HME NewsPoll are split over whether accepting a competitive bidding contract from Medicare is a good idea.Fifty-four percent of respondents said that, in general, they did not accept the majority of the contracts they were offered, while 32% said they accepted a contract the first time around, but not the second.One reason: “(It's) not worth it,” said Jill Duda, business operations manager at Philadelphia-based Flagship Medical, of the decrease...

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In brief: CMS opens bid portal, Invacare offers senior notes

February 19, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - In a sign that contract offers might be on their way, HME providers who submitted bids as part of the Round 2 and the national mail-order re-compete may now register for Connexion. Contract offers and other correspondence for the Round 2 and national mail-order re-compete will be communicated only through Connexion, a new secure, online portal, according to an update posted to the CBIC website Feb. 17. “These items will not be mailed,” the agency stated. To respond...

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Bid rates nibble at Apria's earnings

November 15, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Apria Healthcare has already felt the sting of the Round 2 bid rates, company officials said during an earnings call Nov. 12.Apria reported net revenues of $607.2 million for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013, a decrease of $1.3 million from the same quarter last year. Net loss was $15.8 million.“Almost the entire decrease is due to the competitive bidding cuts that were effective July 1, 2013,” said CEO John Figueroa.Apria accepted 371 contracts under Round...

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KCI's third quarter revenues slip

November 14, 2013HME News Staff

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI) has reported a drop in third-quarter revenues: $320.9 million in 2013 vs. $329.7 million in 2012, a 2.7% decrease. The company said the decline stems from Round 2 of competitive bidding. KCI products that fall under the program's umbrella saw a 42% price reduction. “KCI would have reported positive revenue growth in the third quarter, exclusive of this one item,” stated CFO Robert Hureau.

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New contract suppliers, new licensure issues?

November 8, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - It's still early, but industry stakeholders are already hearing reports of licensure issues in the Round 1 re-compete.This time, however, it's licensed providers that say their bids were rejected because, according to the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC), they were not properly licensed.“We've just begun licensure analysis, but CMS seems to be making the same kind of mistakes,” said Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations for Invacare....

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Industry to analyze list of contract suppliers

November 1, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Now that they have both the single payment amounts and the names of the contract suppliers for the Round 1 re-compete in hand, HME industry stakeholders are wasting no time analyzing the information.“Has CMS made the same kind of mistakes that it's made in the past?” said Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations for Invacare. “Are there licensing issues, are there accreditation issues? Those are certainly things we are going to look at.”When...

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ResMed acknowledges 'temporary distraction'

October 25, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

SAN DIEGO - Round 2 of competitive bidding has tapped the brakes on ResMed's growth, officials acknowledged during a conference call Oct. 24 to discuss the company's first quarter 2014 earnings.ResMed reported that sales in the Americas were $201.5 million for the quarter, up only 4% from the same period in 2013. In the fourth quarter of 2013, they were up 11% from the previous year.“It's a temporary distraction,” said CEO Mick Farrell during the call.ResMed officials contend that many...

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Lawmakers support investigation into bid program

September 26, 2013HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers from Tennessee and Ohio have written to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), urging the agency to thoroughly investigate Round 2 of competitive bidding in their states.The OIG recently announced plans for a limited investigation of the program in Tennessee, Maryland, Michigan and Ohio, in light of concerns that CMS granted bids to unlicensed, non-accredited suppliers in those states.In a Sept. 24 letter, Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, cited language in the CMS request for bids...

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