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CMS releases final bid-related rule

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11/01/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has released the anxiously awaited DMEPOS/ESRD Final Rule—without increasing payment amounts in former competitive bidding areas during the gap period.

Can CMS freeze SPAs without contracts?

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Monday, October 29, 2018
By Andrea Stark
reimbursement consultant, MiraVista, LLC

In the recent ESRD Proposed Rule, CMS conveyed their intent to freeze reimbursement in Competitive Bid Areas (CBAs) using the single payment amounts (SPAs) when the program ends on Dec.

Stakeholders debut online bidding resource

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10/19/2018

WASHINGTON  – AAHomecare and other industry groups have rolled out a resource to help providers prepare for the next round of Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

Providers should lean on non-assignment, Baird says

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10/16/2018

ATLANTA – HME providers need to make a “tough call” on how they plan to handle an upcoming gap period in the competitive bidding program, healthcare attorney Jeff Baird told Medtrade attendees on Monday afternoon.

Bidding on the brain

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fall always makes me think of the end of the year, and the end of the year always makes me wonder about the most read stories of the year.

Stark, Baird on post-Jan. 1

They address referral source re-education, capped rental conundrums, and outdated agreements
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09/14/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – The Medicare landscape could look very different on Jan. 1, 2019, but industry watchers don’t expect any knee-jerk reactions from HME providers.

M&A: What will be impact of bid changes?

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09/07/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – It’s still early, but CMS’s proposed changes to the competitive bidding program could renew M&A activity, analysts say.

Medtrade adds bidding track

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09/07/2018

ATLANTA – Medtrade has added a track called “The New Competitive Bidding” to its educational lineup, in response to a recent proposed rule that would allow any Medicare-enrolled provider to supply DME to beneficiaries starting Jan. 1, 2019.

Coalition wants liquid oxygen out of bid program

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09/07/2018

WASHINGTON – A coalition of 20 patient and physician groups is asking CMS to remove liquid oxygen from its competitive bidding program.

GAO sides with CMS on impact of bid program

‘However, some effects may take longer to appear, underscoring the importance of CMS’s continued monitoring activities’
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08/28/2018

WASHINGTON – The average reduction in payment rates in non-competitive bidding areas for five DME items with the highest expenditures in 2016 was 46%, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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