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Texas: MESA offers alternative to bidding

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01/23/2011

AUSTIN, Texas – The Medical Equipment Suppliers Association (MESA) is about to find out if state officials meant it when they said they were open to an alternative proposal to competitively bidding incontinence supplies.

You are not alone

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01/23/2011

It all started with an e-mail from one of our readers. It went something like this: Can’t HME News help the industry collect and report on problems that will occur as a result of competitive bidding?

Competitive bidding problems, rumors and innuendos

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Since competitive bidding, for better or worse, kicked off Jan. 1, we've been getting a steady stream of e-mails from readers reporting problems, rumors and innuendos associated with the program.

The competitive bidding chronicles

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It all started with an e-mail from one of our readers. It went something like this: Can’t HME News help the industry collect and report on problems that will occur as a result of competitive bidding?

Competitive bidding call goes wrong...very, very wrong

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

On Dec. 28, contract suppliers and others phoned into a teleconference with officials from the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) to discuss competitive bidding. With only three days until Jan.

'Clearly, we have our work cut out for us'

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12/22/2010

The new Republican-controlled House of Representatives has created a dramatic shift in power, mood and momentum in the new 112th Congress. The dynamics are somewhat different in the Senate, however. Republicans picked up several seats there but not enough to achieve a majority. In the Senate, 60 votes are necessary to prevent a filibuster and allow bills to move to a vote on the floor. Therefore, before any bill can move through the Senate, the Democratic majority will need to have a good number of Republicans supporting the measure, as well.

System practically guaranteed outcome

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12/21/2010

The design of Medicare's competitive bidding program all but guaranteed that the majority of mail order diabetes contracts would go to suppliers with very small market share in the product category, says economist Peter Cramton.

What a difference a year doesn't make!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Check out these two front pages from HME News, the first from January 2010 issue and the second from January 2011 issue. (Click on the thumbnails to get a slightly larger version of the front pages.)

Kind of depressing, right?

If CMS doesn't even know who its contract suppliers are...

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Monday, December 20, 2010

What are the chances that competitive bidding will run smoothly when it's up and running Jan. 1? Not very good, based on what a provider told me this morning:

The year in HME News stories

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It will surprise none of our readers that stories on competitive bidding were the 1st and 2nd most viewed stories on HME News’ website in 2010: “CMS releases names of winning bidders,” with 7,734 views; and

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