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Devil in the details: The reshaping of the next round of bidding

Up for discussion: product categories, supplier capacity, bona fide bids

WASHINGTON – As HME industry stakeholders work with CMS officials to shape future rounds of competitive bidding, they’re focusing, first, on helping the agency re-arrange the program’s product categories.

CQRC sends letter to Verma on vents


WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma expressing its “serious reservations” with the proposal to include home ventilators in the competitive bidding program.

Your tires are flat, but only on one side

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Jonathan Temple

Imagine you are having a problem with your car. You need it looked at, so you take your car to an expert to get it checked out at and diagnosed. You know you have problems with your car, but you want someone else to assess your car’s problems.

Scholarly approach: Keys to financial stability


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Olivia Patton, chief compliance officer for Verus Healthcare, recently wrote a dissertation analyzing the financial stability of a Medicare respiratory contract supplier.

CMS extends comment period


WASHINGTON – CMS has extended a comment period for its plans to add new product categories to the competitive bidding program.

VGM provides talking points on vent proposal


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has pulled together suggested talking points for providers who plan to comment on CMS’s proposal to include vents in its next round of competi

Hold on. It could be a bumpy ride

Friday, November 16, 2018

To help determine the focus of a recent webcast with Andrea Stark, we surveyed HME providers on an upcoming two-year gap period in Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

Group: Final rule didn’t go far enough on liquid oxygen


WASHINGTON – A group of patient and physician groups has expressed its disappointment that CMS did not carve out liquid oxygen from its competitive bidding program in a recently released final rule.

Invacare reports ‘mixed’ financial results

Last week, company laid off 50 employees

ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare reported net sales decreased 2.5% to $244.6 million for the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year.

Stakeholders unpack disappointing final rule


WASHINGTON – The lack of substantial changes in the competitive bidding-related final rule likely comes down to cost, say HME industry stakeholders.