Competitive Bidding


Another Round 2021 Education Conference Slated

Aug. 27 event will help bring providers up to speed three weeks before the bid window closes.

Editor’s Note: Round 2021 — Here We Go!

The Round 2021 bid window opening is fast approaching. Are you ready? If not, there are a wealth of resources available to bring you up to speed.

Key House Committee Upvotes Bill with CRT Provisions

House Energy & Commerce Committee approves H.R. 2328, which protects manual complex rehab chairs and accessories.

Vent Letter Notches 180 Lawmakers’ Signatures

Letter submitted to CMS and HHS calls for agencies to remove non-invasive ventilators from competitive bidding. July 26 deadline to get signatures for Senate companion letter fast approaching.

Non-Invasive Vent Letter Launched in Senate

Newly unveiled companion to House letter calls on CMS and HHS to pull back from including non-invasive vents in competitive bidding. Providers urged to enlist their Senators’ support.

CMS Opens Round 2021 Registration

Authorized officials have 14 days to get in DBIdS and Connexion, backup authorized officials have 21 days, and the registration window closes completely in 67 days.

Zip Code Changes Impact HMEs

CMS has changed zip code designation for various areas which has in turned changed the reimbursement rates for providers in those areas.

Round 2021 Education Site Offers 3 New Resources

Round 2021 Education Site Offers 3 New Resources

The Dmecbpeducation.com site unveils new video tutorials, a webinar recording, an improved FAQ to help providers better prepare their Round 2021 bids.

VGM Offers Expanded Bid Calculators

Newly revised bidding calculators let HME providers enter their own book of business to see how bids under lead item pricing would impact their business.

PFQC Survey: Patients Still Waiting on HME

An online poll of patients sees that they are waiting upwards of two weeks for medical equipment, seeing increased out-of-pocket cost.



David Kopf

Editor's Note

Be Prepared. Be Involved.

The trends impacting HME never stop and neither should you.

CMS Adds More Round 2021 Webinars

Two webcasts for June will offer a two-part discussion of registering and submitting bids in Round 2021.

AAHomecare: Industry Enters 'Critical Period' for Advancing Legislation

HME industry advocates have a solid two months in which they must secure support for several bills and sign-on letters; providers urged to help effort.

Providers Prep for Round 2021 Bidding Summit

Attendees to June 5 Competitive Bidding Summit to learn more about Round 2021 and how to bid under lead item pricing.

Latest HMEB Podcast: The Washington Legislative Conference

A bonus episode of the HME Business Podcast interviews a variety of industry advocates from Capitol Hill to convey what is AAHomecare’s most substantial agenda to date, as well as captures the urgency of the event.

Industry Hits Capitol Hill with Full Agenda

AAHomecare facilitates in-person meetings between lawmakers and industry advocates in Washington, D.C.; coordinates virtual fly-in for providers to remotely assist lobbying push.

Congressional Letters Call for Vent Relief

Providers urged to help collect lawmakers’ signatures for House and soon-to-debut Senate sign-on letters asking CMS and HHS to pull back from including non-invasive vents in competitive bidding.

VGM Opens Heartland Conference to Non-Members

For the first time ever, VGM’s June 10-12 event is open to all providers; kicks off with special four-hour session on Round 2021.

Bidding, Oxygen Reform Bill Hits House

New legislation would provide permanent rural and non-bid area relief and eliminate the oxygen budget neutrality requirement.

CMS Unveils Round 2021 Timeline

Registration starts June 10 and the bid window opens on July 16 for the next iteration of the competitive bidding program, which includes significant changes such as lead item pricing and bid surety bonds.

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