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Round 2021

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.

CMS relents on vents

‘During a public health emergency, why would you reduce capacity when you need it’

WASHINGTON – Getting non-invasive vents dropped from Round 2021 of competitive bidding is a big deal but there’s a case to be made for delaying the entire program, industry stakeholders say.

CMS drops vents from Round 2021


WASHINGTON – CMS has removed non-invasive ventilators from the competitive bidding program.

2019 should make for an interesting 2020

Friday, December 6, 2019

As I was pulling the most read stories for this year, I was struck by the number of stories with unfinished business.

VGM hosts bid eval webcast


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group’s Mark Higley and Ronda Buhrmester are hosting a webcast on Dec. 11 on the preliminary bid evaluation (PBE) notices that providers received Dec. 3.

Stakeholders run with vent bill

‘They are very concerned about CMS and they want a remedy’

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are prioritizing the 180 members of the House of Representatives who signed a letter asking CMS to drop non-invasive vents from competitive bidding to now support H.R. 4945.

Round 2021: CBIC seeks ‘substantiation’ letters, CMS solicits comments on communication


WASHINGTON –The Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor has sent notices to bidders asking them to substantiate their bids, VGM reports.

CMS downplays vent concerns


WASHINGTON – CMS says it has safeguards in place to protect beneficiary access to non-invasive ventilators during Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

Bid window closes … without much fanfare

‘If we get the bid at our prices, great; if not, we will continue to operate per usual’

YARMOUTH, Maine – Respondents to a recent HME Newspoll report having a take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward Medicare, in the wake of the bid window for Round 2021 closing on Sept. 18.

Stakeholders eye upcoming payment rule

‘What will be the formula in non-bid areas?’

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are stepping back to take a larger view of payment issues for HME, with the bid window for Round 2021 closing on Wednesday.