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HHS budget proposes bid process for rural areas


WASHINGTON – The budget for the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2019 proposes two tweaks to Medicare’s competitive bidding program for DME.

Stakeholders unrelenting on IFR


WASHINGTON – Industry efforts to lobby lawmakers to pressure the Office of Management and Budget to release an interim final rule that would provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program are moving the needle, stakeholders say.

Ins and outs of subcontracting


AMARILLO, Texas – Healthcare attorney Jeff Baird says no provider likes subcontracting agreements; nevertheless, there are a large number of them out there.

Azar willing to work on HME issues


WASHINGTON – Alex Azar, the nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Serviecs, has verbally agreed to work with congressional leaders to address issues that are negatively impacting the HME industry.

Subcontracting exacerbates problems with bid program


YARMOUTH, Maine – Subcontracting may be black and white on paper, but in the real world, it can be gray, even now that competitive bidding has been the law of the land in major cities for years.

Cures Act update: Deadline looms for Medicaid

Letter outlines two options to demonstrate compliance

WASHINGTON – CMS finally sent a letter to state Medicaid directors on Dec. 27 with guidance on a DME-related provision in the 21st Century Cures Act, just three business days before implementation.

Bid relief update: Stakeholders move on new information


WASHINGTON – New details have pushed to the forefront a competitive bidding-related interim final rule that’s been held up at the Office of Management and Budget since August.

OIG report is ‘slap on the wrist,’ providers say


YARMOUTH, Maine – A recent report on unlicensed suppliers receiving bid contracts re-opened old wounds for providers, who say it amounts to nothing more than a slap on the wrist for CMS.

Provider gets HME in front of nominee, with senator’s help


GREEN BAY, Wis. – When provider Steve Huntington received a letter recently from Sen.

Stakeholders: We’re monitoring MedPAC


WASHINGTON – The Medicare Payment and Advisory Committee offered a mixed bag of observations about the competitive bidding program at a recent meeting, but they likely won’t lead to any significant changes, say industry stakeholders.