Competitive Bidding


AAHomecare Outlines S.2736 Action Plan

Association calls on industry to help push legislation in Senate while priming House lawmakers to back nascent companion bill due in April.

Bidding Relief Bill Launched in Senate

Sens. Thune and Heitkamp introduce Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act to delay national bid expansion’s July 1 reimbursement cuts.

Scientific Journal Covers Study on Bidding’s Impact on Diabetes Care

Diabetes Care covers pivotal study showed that Round One saw disrupted access to supplies.

CMS Unveils Latest Round Two SPAs, Contract Offers

AAHomecare currently analyzing reimbursement cuts, but initial industry reaction is that the latest re-compete hits providers hard.

Coming Bidding Reform Legislation Includes Key Provision

Bill would prohibit CMS from using payment amounts from pervious bids as the ceiling for future bids.

AAHomecare Commissions Study of Provider Costs

Association contracts with consulting firm to definitively study costs associated with providing HME and related services

Legislation to Head Off July 1 Cuts Coming Into Shape

AAHomecare explains to Medtrade Spring attendees the strategy being developed to fight continued rollout of national bidding expansion.

Editor's Note

More of a Bad Thing

The President's proposed 2017 budget doubles down on the wrong ideas.

Newspaper Covers ‘Disastrous’ Effects of Bid Expansion

The Southeast Missourian profiles the impact of CMS's bid expansion rollout on patients and providers.

AAHomecare to Detail Legislative, Regulatory Priorities

National HME association will outline its key advocacy objectives for the year at Medtrade Spring’s Washington Update.



CMS Won’t Implement CRT Accessories Price Fix Until July 1

Despite PAMPA’s passage on Jan. 1, CMS says it cannot implement correct fees until summer, at which point providers can submit adjustments.

Stakeholders Advocate Freezing Expansion at ‘Phase-in’ Rates

Plan outlined by various organizations would lobby for bid expansion's reimbursement stay at the current 50-50 rates slated to expire at July 1.

HME Spending Drops to 1.25% of Medicare Outlays

AAHomecare: While Medicare spending has skyrocketed since 2000, HME spending growth has remained flat.

AAHomecare: Bi-Partisan Support Needed for Bidding Reforms

Industry association highlights the need for industry advocates to drive Democratic support for legislation that would protect rural providers from national bidding expasion.

Pride Promotes Legislative Expert Johnson

Pride Mobility promotes industry veteran Seth Johnson to senior vice president of government affairs.

AAHomecare: ‘Legislative Priorities Remain in Focus’

Association puts rural provider protection at top of HME agenda as industry enters 2016.

Industry Forecast

HME Business 2016 Annual Industry Forecast

2016 Big Ten

Each year HME Business profiles 10 upcoming trends that will help define the industry over the next 12 months. To be certain, competitive bidding will be one of those factors. Others challenges include audits and protecting complex rehab. But 2016 also offers opportunities, as well, such as retail sales and revenue diversification.

Senate Passes CRT Wheelchair Accessories Delay

Bill includes a one-year delay for applying bid prices per nationwide bid expansion to power CRT accessories.

New CRT Protection Legislation Debuts in Senate

Providers urged to support 24-hour push to back new bill that would delay application of bid pricing to CRT accessories.

AAHomecare’s Ryan: Down But Not Out

Industry association leader explains next steps in reining in bid expansion.

The Key to Patient Engagement