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May 31, 2009

Advisory Committee Meeting

CMS has finalized the agenda (below) for the next meeting of the Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC) which advises the agency on implementation of the DMEPOS competitive bidding program and DMEPOS supplier quality standards. Jon Blum, CMS, and Tom Jeffers, Hill Rom Inc., are co-chairs for the committee.
Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC)
Meeting Agenda, Thursday, June 04, 2009, Marriott Hotel BWI
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Public Registration
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Introduction of New PAOC Committee
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Background on the Program

Standard Payment Rules

Competitive Bidding Demonstrations

Medicare Modernization Act of 2003

2008 Legislative Refinements
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. On-Line Bidding System
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Mid-Morning Break
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Education on Program Requirements and Bidder Responsibilities
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Financial Documentation
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH (On your own)
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Licensure, Accreditation, and Subcontracting Requirements
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. New Supplier Issues
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Mid-Afternoon Break
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Mail Order – Diabetic Testing Supplies
4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Tentative Timeline
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Public Comments

May 30, 2009

Medicare sets up new steps for medical supply companies that want to do business in Cleveland, Cincinnati


Stevem Koff/Plain Dealer Bureau Chief
Friday May 29, 2009, 5:28 PM 

WASHINGTON — Companies that supply hospital beds, wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment to Medicare patients’ homes will have to submit bids — once again — this fall if they hope to service the Cleveland or Cincinnati markets.

May 29, 2009



CMS News

May 29.2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the next steps in the implementation of the Round One Rebid of the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS), including the general timeline for opening the bid window in the fall of this year.


May 20, 2009

Medicare DME bidding program set to relaunch in 2010

The Obama administration is proceeding with a Medicare durable medical equipment competitive bidding program it inherited from the previous administration. Absent another legislative intervention, the program will start again in 2010.

CMS Rule Impacts SEC Reporting

Jim Tozzi,  CRE


Lincare Holdings makes the following statements in its 10 -Q Report to the SEC


On December 8, 2003, MMA was signed into law. The MMA legislation contains provisions that directly impact reimbursement for the primary respiratory and other DME products provided by Lincare. Among other things, MMA:

New Organization To Save HME

From Newswire May 14 09

New Medicare Policies Will Harm Small Home Medical Equipment Suppliers Who Account for 85% of Suppliers in the Medicare Program

MARTINEZ, Ga., May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — To ensure that the independent home medical equipment (HME) providers have a voice in public policy and a seat at the table for any healthcare reform initiative, a group of home medical equipment suppliers formed the Committee to Save Independent HME Suppliers, LLC (CSI: HME). This non-profit business league was created to respond to growing threat recent policy changes pose to the future of independent medical suppliers and the patients they serve.