Competitive Bidding


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.

VGM Revs up for ‘August of Action’

VGM helps members prepare for August advocacy effort that will concentrate on several regulatory and policy objectives.

Heartland Speakers: Providers Must Comment on IFR

In addition to limited rural relief, the IFR provides a platform for public comments, which industry advocates are calling on providers to post by July 9 in order to help shape bidding policy.

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CMS’s IFR Fake-Out

Like Lucy from Peanuts, regulators have pulled the football out from under the HME industry — and that means Congress must act.

H.R. 4229 Tops 150 Backers

As more lawmakers sign-on, industry continues lobbying push being legislation that would provide stronger rural relief than recent IFR.

CMS Releases Rural Relief Adjustments

Agency adjusts reimbursement as mandated by the recently released IFR. New rates run June 1 through Dec. 31.

AAHomecare Offers IFR Analysis

Despite the short duration and limited reach of relief, association says the IFR sets the stage for broader efforts.

IFR Increases Rural Rates for 7 Months

Blended, 50/50 rate schedule for rural and limited non-bid areas resumes, running June 1 through Dec. 31.



PFQC Calls on Industry to Double Down on Advocacy

Consumer group urges providers to support AAHomecare’s May 23-34 Washington Legislative Conference.

Industry Preps for Washington Legislative Conference

In addition to facilitating meetings with key legislative staff, May 23-24 event includes key education speakers and keynote from CMS.

Advocates Keep Working to Contain CURES Medicaid Cuts

Various stakeholders continue coordinating with state Medicaid programs to ensure they maintain sustainable funding.

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9 Ways to Thrive in Tough Times

There are proven ways HME businesses can rise above any barriers.

AAHomecare Urges Continued H.R. 4229 Advocacy

Bill remains an essential element in the strategy to obtain relief for rural providers and patients; association calls on providers to lobby lawmakers.

VIDEO: OMB Director Working to Release IFR

At a House Appropriations hearing, OMB Director Mulvaney confirms his Agency is working to release the rural relief IFR; says ‘I have probably received more calls about this than any other rule.’

Industry Debates Merit of a Single Word

While H.R. 4229 language fails to make budget bill, lawmakers ‘encourage’ CMS to adopt rural relief IFR. The question is, what does that word actually mean?

Spending Bill: No H.R. 4229 Provisions Added

While the omnibus budget package didn't include the rural relief bill's legislative language, it does ask CMS to implement the IFR.

Push for HR 4229 Provisions in Omnibus Bill Intensifies

With March 23 deadline to keep the government funded looming, HME advocates push hard to get rural relief provisions integrated into appropriations bill.

56 Lawmakers Back Sign-on Letter

AAHomecare push to adopt H.R. 4229 language garners support from Representatives from across the country.

AAHomecare Sets Sights on Appropriations Committees

With IFR potentially stalled at OMB, association president calls on industry to lobby House, Senate decision-makers to support key legislative language.

Industry Preps for Rural Relief Advocacy Effort

For the next 3 weeks, advocates and providers will work to convince lawmakers that they must get behind H.R. 4229’s provisions.

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