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CMS details timeline for Round 2021

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05/07/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS has updated its timeline for Round 2021, including the opening of the bid window on July 16.

What’s new about the DME competitive bidding program? Everything!

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Monday, May 6, 2019
By Cara Bachenheimer, Mark J. Higley, Robert Rankin and Dan Starck

Bob Dylan probably didn’t have durable medical equipment (DME) in mind when he sang “The times they are a-Changin.” But that memorable refrain could easily apply to Medicare’s DME competitive bidding program (CBP), which will implement a brand new process for bidding this June.
 

Reduction in providers up to 37%

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05/03/2019

WASHINGTON – There are about 6,143 unique providers and 9,195 traditional locations as of January 2019, a 37% and 35% reduction, respectively, since the inception of Medicare’s competitive bidding program, AAHomecare reports.

AAHomecare readies for ‘aggressive action’

Immediate agenda includes facilitating smarter bids, removing vents from bid program
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04/19/2019

LAS VEGAS – AAHomecare officials laid out an ambitious road map to usher the HME industry forward at the Washington Update April 16 at Medtrade Spring.

Medtrade Spring: Providers in search of answers

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04/19/2019

LAS VEGAS – Competitive bidding was top of mind for many attendees at Medtrade Spring, where a workshop on the upcoming changes in Round 2021 drew a standing room only crowd, say show organizers.

Attendance, overall, was up 11% compared to last year, they say.

In brief: Stakeholders launch bid website, Simply Home sues HHS

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04/19/2019

WASHINGTON – A group of HME industry stakeholders has officially launched dmecbpeducation.com, a website for providers to learn about the changes in Round 2021 of competitive bidding and to prepare their bids.

Stakeholders launch bid website

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04/18/2019

WASHINGTON – A group of HME industry stakeholders has officially launched dmecbpeducation.com, a website for providers to learn about the changes in Round 2021 of competitive bidding and to prepare their bids.

Vent providers fear worst

‘We’re really just being asked to cut our rate and offer no other support’
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04/05/2019

YARMOUTH, Maine – The lack of clear guidance for non-invasive ventilators could make it difficult to calculate bids for the product and could, ultimately, compromise patient care, say providers.

Contracts open up, but little changes

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04/01/2019

EAST SANDWICH, Mass. – Since CMS let competitive bidding contracts expire on Dec. 31, 2018, Daina Juhansoo was hopeful that providers, previously locked out of the program, would be able to do Medicare business again.

Road to Round 2021: New calculator highlights ‘bid ceiling,’ comparisons

Stakeholders say it’s more robust than CMS’s calculator
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03/29/2019

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders have updated an industry website dedicated to competitive bidding information with a calculator to help HME providers formulate their bids for the next round of the Medicare program.

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