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Round 2021

2019 should make for an interesting 2020

Friday, December 6, 2019

As I was pulling the most read stories for this year, I was struck by the number of stories with unfinished business.

VGM hosts bid eval webcast


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group’s Mark Higley and Ronda Buhrmester are hosting a webcast on Dec. 11 on the preliminary bid evaluation (PBE) notices that providers received Dec. 3.

Stakeholders run with vent bill

‘They are very concerned about CMS and they want a remedy’

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are prioritizing the 180 members of the House of Representatives who signed a letter asking CMS to drop non-invasive vents from competitive bidding to now support H.R. 4945.

Round 2021: CBIC seeks ‘substantiation’ letters, CMS solicits comments on communication


WASHINGTON –The Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor has sent notices to bidders asking them to substantiate their bids, VGM reports.

CMS downplays vent concerns


WASHINGTON – CMS says it has safeguards in place to protect beneficiary access to non-invasive ventilators during Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

Bid window closes … without much fanfare

‘If we get the bid at our prices, great; if not, we will continue to operate per usual’

YARMOUTH, Maine – Respondents to a recent HME Newspoll report having a take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward Medicare, in the wake of the bid window for Round 2021 closing on Sept. 18.

Stakeholders eye upcoming payment rule

‘What will be the formula in non-bid areas?’

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are stepping back to take a larger view of payment issues for HME, with the bid window for Round 2021 closing on Wednesday.

CMS adds clarification to calculator


WASHINGTON – CMS has added a clarifying note on the lead-item pricing calculator for 14 non-lead item codes.

The codes, several of which are included in two categories in Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program, are:

You tell us

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

During a conference call last week with the panelists for a session at the upcoming HME News Business Summit on investment and M&A in the HME industry, it wasn’t long before the elephant in the room came up: competitive bidding.

Understanding capacity and demand: Tips for bidding in Round 2021

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Kathy Lester
Executive director of the Council for Quality Respiratory Care

As we head into the final stretch of bidding for Round 2021 of competitive bidding, suppliers across the country are realizing just how different the program is now compared to the past.