Competitive Bidding


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.

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Going the Distance Against Bidding

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.

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.

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.

AAHomecare: ESRD Rule Needs Work

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

VGM Video Explains ESRD Rule

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

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