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Vent providers fear worst

‘We’re really just being asked to cut our rate and offer no other support’

YARMOUTH, Maine – The lack of clear guidance for non-invasive ventilators could make it difficult to calculate bids for the product and could, ultimately, compromise patient care, say providers.

Contracts open up, but little changes


EAST SANDWICH, Mass. – Since CMS let competitive bidding contracts expire on Dec. 31, 2018, Daina Juhansoo was hopeful that providers, previously locked out of the program, would be able to do Medicare business again.

Road to Round 2021: New calculator highlights ‘bid ceiling,’ comparisons

Stakeholders say it’s more robust than CMS’s calculator

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders have updated an industry website dedicated to competitive bidding information with a calculator to help HME providers formulate their bids for the next round of the Medicare program.

Mystery surrounds nat’l mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies


WASHINGTON – With the national mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies on hold indefinitely, it’s anybody’s guess what will happen next.

Are you commonly owned or controlled?


WASHINGTON – The CBIC on March 26 asked providers to review their enrollment record in preparation for Round 2021 of national competitive bidding.

Impact of gap period? Too early to tell in most areas


YARMOUTH, Maine – What has been the impact of a two-year gap between competitive bidding contracts? It all depends who you ask.

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.