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VGM launches bid bond


WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM Insurance Services has developed a new Competitive Bid Bond for HME providers who plan to bid in the next round of the bid program.

Round 2021: Timeline, categories vex stakeholders

Legislation to carve out vents expected to be introduced

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

Stakeholders work to line up legislation


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is working to get a bill to provide additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate in time for the Washington Legislative Conference in May.

Stakeholders meet with CMS on bid program

They expect additional info to be released in next few months

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are focusing on CMS as they seek their footing in a bumpy start to the 116th Congress.

GAO: Supplier numbers decline again


WASHINGTON – The number of DMEPOS suppliers furnishing rate-adjusted items in non-bid areas decreased 11% in 2017, according to a new study from the Government Accountability Office.

Your tires are flat, but only on one side


Imagine you are having a problem with your car. You need it looked at, so you take your car to an expert to get it checked out at and diagnosed. You know you have problems with your car, but you want someone else to assess your car’s problems.

More transparency needed: supplier capacity, bonafide bids


WASHINGTON – Stakeholders also plan to push for transparency on how CMS determines supplier capacity.

VGM objects to bid program including vents, orthoses


WATERLOO, Iowa – With the complex care required for vent patients and with few suppliers serving the market, it’s best to keep the product category out of Medicare’s competitive bidding program, VGM says.

Oxygen patients are worse off, report finds


NEW YORK – A new report published in the December Annals of the American Thoracic Society highlights the problems many patients with lung disease experience in getting and using supplemental oxygen.

Devil in the details: The reshaping of the next round of bidding

Up for discussion: product categories, supplier capacity, bona fide bids

WASHINGTON – As HME industry stakeholders work with CMS officials to shape future rounds of competitive bidding, they’re focusing, first, on helping the agency re-arrange the program’s product categories.