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Round 2021: Do You Understand Lead Item Pricing?

CBIC, AAHomecare, industry experts all emphasize the need for providers to start using lead item pricing calculators and educate themselves on the pricing method well before Round 2021 bidding begins.

Oklahoma Poised to Exempt HME from Sales Tax

Ongoing advocacy work by OMEPA results in both chambers approving H.B. 1262, which would free HME items from the Sooner State’s sizable sales tax; Governor poised to approve.

New Bill Protects Manual CRT Devices from Bidding

House lawmakers re-introduce language that would exempt manual complex rehab chairs from bid program and also protect accessories for those chairs.

Latest HMEB Podcast Digs into Round 2021

Episode 006 examines key elements of the new round of the competitive bidding program and why providers need to start acting now; also offers details on upcoming legislative events.

N.C. Provider Craig Rae Joins NSBA Leadership Council

Owner of Penrod Medical Equipment joined to tackle issues facing small providers, such as tax reform, healthcare costs and the impact of regulations and the ACA.

Industry Reacts to Massive Medicare Fraud Bust

In one of the biggest healthcare frauds in U.S. history, the Feds round up DMEs, telemarketers and medical professionals in a $1.2 billion orthopedic brace scam; various industry insiders share their perspective.

Industry Advocates Launch Round 2021 Education Site

The new site, dmecbpeducation.com, offers a variety of resources to help providers prepare for Round 2021, including bid calculators based on new lead item pricing system.

CBIC Alerts Commonly Owned, Commonly Controlled Providers

Bid contractor urges providers to review their enrollment records now, and ensure they understand the commonly owned and commonly controlled distinctions.

VGM Insurance Offers Bid Bonds

VGM Insurance Services partners with Lexon Insurance Company to help HME providers meet new surety bond requirements for Round 2021.

Tenn. Makes CRT a Separate Benefit

Volunteer state’s House and Senate unanimously vote to protect Medicaid patients’ access to specialized wheelchairs and accessories.



AAHomecare Underscores Ventilator Concerns

Association meets with White House Domestic Policy Council on CMS’s addition of non-invasive ventilators to Round 2021.

HMEB Podcast Episode 004 Now Online

Latest installment in HMEB’s quickly growing podcast survey examines breast cancer legislation and six-year lookback audits.

CMS Releases Initial Round 2021 Details

Information released on revised competitive bidding program released includes important dates, bid areas, product categories, and structural changes to the program.

Addition of Ventilators to Bidding a ‘Terrifying Development’

Public statement from AAHomcare’s Tom Ryan says including non-invasive ventilators in Round 2021 will hurt access for patients that ‘critically depend’ on them.

Providers Urged to Attend Legislative Conference

AAHomcare calls on providers to register for May 22-23 Washington Legislative Conference to get their best set of legislative meetings.

AAHomecare Makes Bona Fide Bid Recommendations

Association calls on CMS to educate bidders on lead item pricing and to make additional checks that bidders submit bona fide bids.

‘Let Her Decide’ Campaign Backs New Legislation

Public awareness campaign backing Breast Cancer Equity Acts kicks into high gear on International Women’s Day.

Third Episode of HMEB Podcast Now available

The latest edition of the recently launched industry news service meets with Brown & Fortunato's Jeffery Baird to examine managed care and Essentially Women's Nikki Jensen to discuss health opportunities.

Custom Breast Prostheses Bills Introduced in House and Senate

Legislation re-introduced in the House and debuted in the Senate would require Medicare to fund custom breast prostheses, the only part of the body Medicare doesn’t cover. 

AAHomecare Expands Payer Relations Team

Building on its wins in turning back Medicaid programs and other payer relations achievements, association taps David Chandler to help develop Medicare Advantage strategies.

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