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Round 2021

Lawmakers, stakeholders continue press for bid delay


WASHINGTON – West Virginia’s congressional delegation has asked CMS Administrator Seema Verma to delay Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program during the public health emergency.

Stakeholders issue last call for signatures


WASHINGTON – A last minute push by HME providers boosted to 101 the number of signatures on a “Dear Colleague” letter that seeks to pause Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

Industry ramps up political pressure

Deadline for congressional letter is July 29

WASHINGTON – A “Dear Colleague” letter making the rounds in the House of Representatives is the next step in trying to get CMS to use its authority to pause Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

AAH: Letter to delay bid program needs signatures

Reps. Rodgers, Loebsack worry about pandemic’s impact on capacity

WASHINGTON – Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, have released a “Dear Colleague” letter urging CMS to delay its competitive bidding program for one year or through the duration of the public health emergency, whichever is longer, AAHomecare reports.

Round 2021: All eyes on CMS

‘We’re beginning to see a surge, and we don’t know what the fall and winter will bring’

WASHINGTON – There’s no crystal ball, but after two meetings with high-level CMS officials in late June, industry stakeholders feel there could be a chance the agency pauses Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

Decline in HME providers strains those that are left

There are fewer providers to serve more patients, amid a pandemic that has increased demand

YARMOUTH, Maine – Medicare’s competitive bidding program has decimated their ranks over the past 10 years and now those HME providers that are left are in the middle of a pandemic and facing Round 2021.

Stakeholders press CMS for delay

They’re also asking lawmakers to apply pressure

WASHINGTON – It’s time to take “one last shot” at getting CMS to delay Round 2021, with the agency scheduled to announce payment amounts this summer, says AAHomecare.

AAHomecare: Time to ‘raise awareness’ on bid delay


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is urging its members to ask lawmakers to support a one-year delay of Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program.

Legal roundup, COVID edition

A bid program in question, a technology pushed to the forefront

AMARILLO, Texas – With Round 2021 a wild card, health care attorney Jeff Baird is advising his clients to hold off on making any serious financial decisions for as long as possible.

AAHomecare takes short and long view

Delay bid program, assess changed landscape

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is working with Dobson DaVanzo & Associates to package together the results of a recent survey in another push to delay Round 2021 of competitive bidding.