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CMS announces contract suppliers


WASHINGTON – CMS on Nov. 21 announced the contract suppliers for off-the-shelf knee and back braces in the next step in Round 2021 of its competitive bidding program.

What’s your financial score?


WASHINGTON – HME providers that submitted bids for Round 2021 of competitive bidding now have the ability to view their financial score in Connexion.

CQRC ties COPD awareness with bid relief


WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care recognizes November as National COPD Awareness Month by commending CMS for its plans not to award competitive bidding contracts to 13 product categories, including oxygen supplies and equipment, in 2021.

AAH roundup: Proposed rule, Stand Up, TRICARE


AAHomecare has published key takeaways* from CMS’s recent proposed rule outlining changes to the fee schedule methodology starting April 1, 2021, or immediately after the public health emergency, whichever is later.

Count the bids

Friday, November 6, 2020

The big news story right now is the election and the herculean efforts by various states to count the unprecedented number of absentee and mail-in ballots, a task that stretched out well beyond the Nov. 3 vote.

Medtrade offers education on timely topics


ATLANTA – The Medtrade Virtual Conference that kicks off today will explore CMS’s decision to remove 13 product categories from Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program.

CMS publishes jam-packed proposed rule

Agency addresses non-bid areas, accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs, CGMs, external infusion pumps

WASHINGTON – CMS seeks to continue paying higher payment amounts to suppliers in non-competitive bidding areas as part of a DMEPOS proposed rule that it published on Tuesday afternoon.

BREAKING NEWS! CMS announces Round 2021 payment amounts for back, knee braces

Agency plans to award contracts only in these two product categories

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced Round 2021 single payment amounts for off-the-shelf back braces and knee braces—and only those product categories.

In brief: Not so fast CBIC, OIG on vents, reviews expanded


WASHINGTON – The CBIC recently sent a message indicating that Round 2021 “contract offers and disqualification information would soon be provided” in Connexion, but they did it without clearing it with CMS, according to AAHomecare.

OIG: Medicare pays too much for non-invasive vents

Agency recommends CMS include E0466 in bid program ‘as soon as possible’

WASHINGTON – Medicare pays more for non-invasive ventilators than certain other payers, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.