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Auction expert reacts to CMS’s proposed big changes

‘I get little comfort from knowing I was right’

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – When CMS outlined significant changes to its competitive bidding program in a recent proposed rule, one person came to mind: Peter Cramton.

Stakeholders push back against ostomy recommendation


WASHINGTON – The Access & Care Coalition, led by the United Spinal Association, has retained a lobbying group to boost efforts to prevent expanding competitive bidding to ostomy and urological supplies, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare.

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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.