Competitive Bidding


AAHomecare’s Ryan: Down But Not Out

Industry association leader explains next steps in reining in bid expansion.

Bid Expansion Reform Not Part of Spending Bill

Legislative language that would have protected rural providers from bid expansion was not put into year-end omnibus spending bill; effort to back bid reform and CRT protection bills in House and Senate continues.

Study: Rural Medicare Beneficiaries Will Lose HME Access

Report examines prospects for rural patients in the wake of national bidding expansion.

Bill to Reform Bid Expansion Hits House

Providers urged to lobby on behalf of H.R. 4185 and S.2312 now, in hopes legislation can get attached to debt ceiling legislation before Dec. 11 vote.

Providers Urged to Attend Free Legislative Webinar Friday

AAHomecare webinar outlines CMS’s bid expansion and how HME professionals can help reform that plan.

Industry Keeps up Fight Against Bid Expansion

As Jan. 1 expansion date approaches, providers and associations advance legislation to reform CMS’s plan.

CRT Legislation Making Progress

NCART calls on providers to continue their advocacy push to help protect CRT from bid expansion.

Bid Expansion Legislation Launched in Senate

S. 2312, the DME Access and Stabilization Act, would decrease expansion's impact on rural providers by altering pricing, timeline.

Providers Urged to Help Drive CRT Legislation

House and Senate bills to protect CRT accessories from competitive bidding need more co-sponsors.

N.D. Lawmaker Helps Back Bid Expansion Reform

Sen. Heitkamp joins Sen. Thune as original co-sponsor of nascent legislation that would fix many of the flaws in CMS’s national expansion of competitive bidding.



House Letter Asks for Rural Provider Relief

Lawmakers have until Nov. 16 to sign Rep. Tipton’s letter to Ways and Means leaders that calls attention to consequences of bid expansion.

NCART: More CRT Bill Co-Sponsors Needed

Association says House, Senate champions need providers to convince more lawmakers to back H.R. 3229, S. 2196.

How National Expansion Will Work

CMS will expand competitive bidding nationally starting Jan 1, but do you understand how it plans to implement that rollout?

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Business Solutions

The Tip of the Spear

As CMS prepares for the nationwide expansion of competitive bidding, mobility providers find themselves at the tip of the spear. In addition to taking massive reimbursement cuts, CMS is using the opportunity to go after complex rehab — again. How can providers protect their businesses, as well as beneficiary access to medical equipment?

Editor's Note

CMS's CRT End Run

Did CMS try to pull a fast one with complex rehab technology when it comes to the national competitive bidding expansion?

AAHomecare: ‘This Bill Is Coming’

Association details efforts behind evolving legislation that would fix CMS’s competitive bidding expansion at Medtrade Washington Update.

HHS OIG Repeats Itself: Medicaid Should Implement Bidding

Office’s latest report recommends either CMS apply Medicare bid pricing to Medicaid programs, and Medicaids implement their own bid programs.

CMS Releases Rural Zip Codes for Bid Expansion

Sixty-four percent of the areas outside of Round One and Two CBAs will be classified as rural.

Round One Re-Compete Bidding Starts Oct. 15

CMS provides further details on key steps providers should follow to ensure they successfully bid for 2017 contracts.

AAHomecare, NCART, US Rehab: Keep Pushing to Protect CRT

Various organizations call on stakeholders to sign petition to president, urge their lawmakers to support H.R. 3229.

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