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Decline in HME providers strains those that are left

There are fewer providers to serve more patients, amid a pandemic that has increased demand
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06/26/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – Medicare’s competitive bidding program has decimated their ranks over the past 10 years and now those HME providers that are left are in the middle of a pandemic and facing Round 2021.

Round 2021: CMS grants bond allowance

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03/17/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS is allowing providers to submit surety bond riders and/or page two of their bid surety bonds to make sure they meet Round 2021 requirements.

Career-ending disqualification?

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02/25/2020

Our bid was a simple matter. We are one of two independent DME companies in our city. I don’t know if they intended to participate or not, but our bid was simple to calculate—“one dollar under the limiting amount” in all regards bid.

Clock ticks on bid relief

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01/03/2020

WASHINGTON – As the second session of Congress gets underway this week, stakeholders say it’s time to amplify their efforts seeking relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

VGM hosts bid eval webcast

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12/06/2019

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’
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11/08/2019

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

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11/07/2019

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

In brief: CMS publishes final rule, Rotech taps $50M for acquisitions

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11/01/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS on Thursday afternoon released an ESRD final rule that establishes a permanent home infusion therapy benefit in 2021 and establishes a methodology for establishing fee schedules for new DMEPOS items.

Competitive bidding ombudsman reports on complaints

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11/01/2019

WASHINGTON – The Competitive Acquisition Ombudsman recently published a report to Congress on concerns with the program, including beneficiary access.

CMS downplays vent concerns

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10/24/2019

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

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