Competitive Bidding


Report: O2 Care Hurting and Bidding Could Be the Cause

A report from the American Thoracic Society calls for further analysis into relation between competitive bidding and problems with oxygen patients’ care.

CMS Extends Deadline for Ventilator Comments

CMS has postponed the deadline to Dec. 17 for public comments on including certain ventilator classes in future rounds of competitive bidding.

NCART: Still Time to Push H.R. 3730

Bill to protect accessories for manual CRT wheelchairs sees new activity on the Hill; advocates could achieve passage before Congress adjourns.

CMS Releases ESRD/DMEPOS Final Rule

Rule is a mixed bag, including some but not all of the additional reforms industry stakeholders had advocated for in public comments and Congressional letters.

House Sign-on Letter Asks for More Relief in CMS’s Proposed Rule

Providers called on to lobby lawmakers to sign a letter asking CMS to expand relief for HME providers in its proposed ESRD/DMEPOS rule.

Providers Urged to Submit Public Comments on ESRD Rule

As Sept. 10 deadline looms, HME associations, advocates remind providers that CMS’s proposed rule offers concrete opportunity to achieve wins for the industry.

Observation Deck

Going the Distance Against Bidding

GAO: Non-Bid Areas Didn’t See Patient Access Problems in 2016

GAO conflicts with various studies, including those involving case managers and discharge planners, as well as CMS’s recently proposed rulemaking.

AAHomecare, VGM Help Providers with ESRD Comments

Groups give providers information, templates and filing guidelines so that they make the Sept. 10 filing deadline for public comments on CMS's proposed rule.

87% of Providers Have Cut Provisioning Manual CRT Accessories

New report: the application of bid-derived reimbursement cuts to accessories has reduced providers’ ability to offer those items.



AAHomecare Releases Public Comments on ESRD Rule

Association catalogs a number of ways CMS can improve DMEPOS policies; urges more providers, stakeholders to submit comments.

VGM Launches Map Tool for Finding Reimbursement Lines

Following CMS's proposed plan for addressing lapses in bid contracts, the online map helps suppliers easily determine where competitive bidding areas begin and end.

Study: Not Investing in HME Costs CMS ‘Significantly’ More

Leitten Medicare Cost Shift study details how repeated cuts to DMEPOS reimbursement are sending patients back to the hospital and costing Medicare Part A as a result.

Forbes Covers CMS’s Bid Reforms

Economic researcher Wayne Winegarden notes bidding’s savings haven’t been sustainable and poor methodologies have caused access problems.

Industry Dives into August Advocacy Push

Congressional recess gives HME stakeholders a prime opportunity to discuss changes to CMS’s proposed ESRD rule, as well as broader bidding reforms.

Letter from W.Va. Lawmakers to CMS Details Access Problems

Providers work with Congressional Representatives from state to emphasize to Administrator Verma that patients are encountering access issues.

AAHomecare Crafting Reply to ESRD/DMEPOS Proposed Rule

Association calling on providers to submit comments; says documenting negative impacts will help shape final rule.

VGM Video Explains ESRD Rule

Organization’s Higley and Brecher untangles details of CMS’s proposed changes for competitive bidding.

AAHomecare: ESRD Rule Needs Work

Association president outlines where CMS’s proposed changes to bidding help HME and where they fall short.

CMS Proposes Several Competitive Bidding Changes

The changes include a new ‘lead item’ rule, and a new method for setting single payment amounts, as well as rural relief and oxygen reimbursement changes.

Podcast with Dr. David White

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