Competitive Bidding


Two More Lawmakers Back MPP Bill

California and Pennsylvania lawmakers push H.R. 1717 co-sponsorship to 166 supporters.

AAHomecare Maintains MPP Fight

Association aims for including language in SGR legislation; Rep. Price continues working on H.R. 1717.

Editor's Note

Upgrading to HME 2.0

CMS's efforts to force competitive bidding on healthcare are about as effective — and error-prone — as installing a the wrong operating system on a computer. Now that Round Two has exposed all the bugs to light, can providers find a feasible work-around?

HME 2014 Preview

2014 Preview

Big Ten

The seventh installment of our annual forecast of key trends, obstacles and opportunities facing the HME provider industry shows that the coming year is one fi lled with challenges, but also chances for providers to reinvigorate their revenues. We examine what’s in store for the next 12 months and how providers should prepare.

H.R. 1717 Notches Two Additional Backers

Continued lobbying brings MPP bill’s co-sponsors to 164 in remaining days of 2013; industry efforts enjoy renewed vigor.

Two More Lawmakers Back MPP Bill

H.R. 1717 enjoys a continued up-tick in momentum with 162 lawmakers now co-sponsoring the bill.

Senate Offers Industry Rare Support

Members of Senate Finance Committee aim to amend ‘doc fix’ with amendments designed to rein in competitive bidding.

Two More Lawmakers Support H.R. 1717

Bill to replace bidding with MPP recaptures some moment; at 160 backers now.

Case Managers Describe Bidding Woes to Congressional Staff

Hospital, rehab center workers catalog competitive bidding problems’ impact on patients and their facilities.

H.R. 1717 Nabs Another Backer

Persistent efforts by Colorado provider bring bill’s co-sponsors to 158.



Round One Grandfathering Deadline Approaching

Providers have fewer than two weeks to notify Round One patients whether or not they are grandfathering.

CMS Announces Contract Suppliers for Round One Recompete

CBIC releases full list; announcement follows Oct. 1 release of Round One recompete bid rates.

Organizations Catalog Bidding Casualties

AAHomecare, People for Quality Care collect and share examples of more than 2,000 patient access problems.

H.R. 1717 Now at 157 Co-Sponsors

Industry advocates continue to call for MPP bill support but shutdown could hamper efforts.

Orthotics & Prosthetics

Business Solutions

Is the Grass Really Greener?

In terms of referral sources, skills and business assets, as well as reimbursement rates, orthotics and prosthetics has represented an alluring business opportunity for providers. But is its attractive funding situation changing?

2014 Respiratory and Sleep Outlook

2014 Respiratory and Sleep Outlook

Pitfalls and Possibilities

Competitive Bidding, audits and face-to-face evaluations will shape respiratory and sleep providers'course through 2014.

HME Competitive Bidding Thrill Ride

Business Solutions

The HME Thrill Ride

HME providers have been on a roller coaster over the past few years. What's in store for them from a regulatory and business standpoint in 2014, and how should they shape their business strategies to survive and succeed?

Editor's Note

Knowing Your Value

Round Two is scary, but don't permit fear over competitive bidding to color your strategic planning. Your business has considerable value to offer. It's time to make that value known.

Observation Deck

Committing to the Cause

As a committed homecare provider, you have worked for many years to form the relationships that are required to encourage grass-roots political action. The next step is to make the ask. Here are four key action steps you can take to help the industry effort:

H.R. 1717 Hits 156 Co-Sponsors

Three lawmakers join ranks of backers in the House for the MPP bill.

HME Business Podcast