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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

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


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?


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


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


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.

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


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


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

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.