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Bidding: Will CMS get it right the next time around?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

When provider David Chase first submitted bids for the competitive bidding program, his team of seven armed themselves with pencils, calculators and coffee, working every night for three weeks to understand their costs and come up with—what he thought—were sensible bids.

Any willing provider? It’s not a unanimous decision

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07/20/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – Reaction among providers to CMS’s any willing provider provision run the gamut—with some feeling disbelief, some contemplating new opportunities, and some discounting the idea outright.

B&F’s Bachenheimer unpacks proposed bidding methodology

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07/20/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS’s recently issued proposed rule proposes two key improvements for the competitive bidding program: lead item pricing and clearing price to establish the single payment amounts (SPAs).

Lead item pricing

In brief: Study highlights bid program’s flaws, Amazon eyes medical supplies pilot

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07/20/2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Add the Pacific Research Institute to the long list of economists and researchers who believe CMS’s current competitive bidding program for HME is inefficient at best and dangerous at worst.

CMS upends competitive bidding

Agency pauses program with plans to implement significant changes, including some that stem from industry recommendations
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07/13/2018

WASHINGTON – All Medicare-enrolled HME providers are back in business starting Jan. 1, 2019.

CMS’s Seema Verma: Current bid structure ‘not sustainable’

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07/12/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS Administrator Seema Verma says she wants to “modernize” the agency’s long-standing competitive bidding program for DMEPOS by instituting market-oriented reforms.

Proposed rule: Current bid contracts won’t be extended

Rule also proposes adjustments to fee schedule methodology, establish separate payment class for oxygen
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07/11/2018

WASHINGTON – A proposed rule released today seeks to make changes to the Medicare fee schedule and the competitive bidding program.

Stakeholders push for comments on bid-related IFR

‘CMS refers to comments all the time,’ says VGM’s Gallagher
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06/22/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – With only two weeks left until a July 9 deadline, a paltry 56 comments have been submitted in response to a competitive bidding-related interim final rule.

Heard at Heartland: Engage your employees, leverage growing demand

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06/22/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – Whether it’s medical supplies or a hot dog stand, if you want to build a world-class company, your employees need to provide exemplary service, said keynote speaker John DiJulius at the Heartland Conference last week.

In brief: MedPAC makes case for ramping up bid program, several DME product categories dropped from Trump tariffs

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06/22/2018

WASHINGTON – MedPAC’s June 2018 report to Congress recommends that CMS include more DMEPOS products in the competitive bidding program as a way to improve Medicare’s payment policies and reduce fraud and abuse.

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