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Round 2021

CMS announces contract suppliers

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11/23/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS on Saturday morning announced the contract suppliers for off-the-shelf knee and back braces in the next step in Round 2021 of its competitive bidding program.

Round 2021: Providers vent, ponder next moves

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11/20/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – Industry reactions to CMS’s plans not to move forward with the bulk of the competitive bidding program were a mixed bag, but a number of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they were disappointed that the agency plays by a “different set of rules.”

Round 2021 & COVID-19: Not a good time to limit access, AOPA says

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11/06/2020

WASHINGTON – The single payment amounts for off-the-shelf knee and back braces under Round 2021 of competitive bidding will be about 30% to 35%, on average, below Medicare’s current fee schedule, based on a preliminary analysis by the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association.

Round 2021 raises big question: Where should pricing be?

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10/30/2020

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders hailed CMS’s decision not to move forward with most of Round 2021 as a “watershed” moment, but they also criticized the agency for trying to have it both ways.

In brief: Bid amounts for braces, changes for CGMs and external pumps, provider reactions

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10/30/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS on Oct. 27 announced Round 2021 single payment amounts for off-the-shelf back braces and knee braces.

Providers commend CMS on changes to Round 2021

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10/30/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS’s decision not to push forward with the majority of Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program has been met with support from numerous providers.

BREAKING NEWS! CMS announces Round 2021 payment amounts for back, knee braces

Agency plans to award contracts only in these two product categories
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10/27/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced Round 2021 single payment amounts for off-the-shelf back braces and knee braces—and only those product categories.

In brief: Not so fast CBIC, OIG on vents, reviews expanded

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09/25/2020

WASHINGTON – The CBIC recently sent a message indicating that Round 2021 “contract offers and disqualification information would soon be provided” in Connexion, but they did it without clearing it with CMS, according to AAHomecare.

Round 2021 update: Not so fast CBIC?

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09/24/2020

WASHINGTON – The CBIC recently sent a message indicating that Round 2021 “contract offers and disqualification information would soon be provided” in Connexion, but they did it without clearing it with CMS, according to AAHomecare.

Bid relief: Everything is on the table, stakeholders say

From getting Senate sign-on letter to finding vehicles for H.R. 2771
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09/04/2020

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders spent the August recess following up with committees of jurisdiction in Congress as part of their continued efforts to pause Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program.

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