CMS’s Round 2021 Announcement: It’s a Win

The decision to punt on 13 categories might leave some providers feeling a little in Limbo, but AAHomecare’s Tom Ryan stresses the industry should notch this as a ‘W.’ That said, some rough edges remain and there’s still work to do.

After weeks of radio silence, CMS finally announced Round 2021 and its proposed rule concerning rural providers. The announcement was shocking: CMS was only bidding two categories — both over-the-shelf braces — and punting on the 13 remaining categories. That news left the industry wondering what this meant for pricing and the possibility of futures rounds.

In the current episode of the HMEB Podcast, Tom Ryan, president and CEO of the American Association for Homecare stopped by the HME Business podcast to clarify the issues around the Round 2021 announcement, share some perspective on the proposed rule, and chart a path forward.

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In the previous episode of the HMEB Podcast, Gary Sheehan, MBA, CEO of Spiro Health, catches up with the podcast to discuss sleep care, COVID-19, the lessons sleep providers have learned, and how those lessons might carry them into a post-pandemic future. Sleep providers have had to ascend a steep learning curve to reshape how they safely and effectively provide products and services, and they have had to innovate new workflows and use new tools to get there.

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David Kopf is the Publisher HME Business, DME Pharmacy and Mobility Management magazines. He was Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy from 2008 to 2023. Follow him on LinkedIn at and on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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