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December 27, 2011

Two DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Announcements

From: CMS

We have two announcements of interest to suppliers that are considering participating in the Round 2 and national mail-order competitions of the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program.

First, the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) has issued a new fact sheet providing antitrust guidance for bidders. To view the fact sheet, please go to the CBIC website at and select Bidding Suppliers: Round 2 & National Mail-Order and then choose Fact Sheets.

December 23, 2011

Industry gains time in bid fight

from: HME News

By Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – Congress gave the HME industry a Christmas present today, when it approved a two-month extension of a controversial payroll tax cut.

That gives the industry more time to lobby lawmakers to include its market pricing program (MPP), an alternative to competitive bidding, in a final package on the tax cut and “doc fix.”

“Anything that gives us more time is a good thing,” said Wayne Stanfield, president and CEO of NAIMES.

December 15, 2011

VGM: In stable condition

From: HME News

‘Some people want the doom and gloom, but that’s simply not the case’

By Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, says the days of increasing its HME provider membership by 10% each year are long gone. But that’s not cause for concern, says COO Jim Phillips.

“Some people want the doom and gloom, but that’s simply not the case,” he said. “Our membership is stable. We’re just not seeing the HME entries that we did years and years ago.”

December 6, 2011

Registration Now Open for DMEPOS Competitive Bidding

From: CMS

Registration Now Open for DMEPOS Competitive Bidding

December 1, 2011

Complex rehab: Out of Round 2, but in demo

From: HME News

WASHINGTON – CMS announced Nov. 30 that it removed ultra lightweight manual wheelchairs, gimbaled ventilator trays, and push activated power assist devices from the standard wheelchair product category for Round 2. 

Industry stakeholders had worked to have these codes dropped from competitive bidding since the product categories were announced in August. 
In a bulletin to members, however, Peggy Walker, a billing and reimbursement adviser for The VGM Group’s U.S. Rehab, stated that the exclusion of the codes is temporary and that K0005, E0986 and E1030 are expected to be part of future rounds of the program 
Also, specialty skin protection and positioning adjustable wheelchair cushions (E2622-E2625) will still be put out to bid 
In other complex rehab news, CMS stated Dec. 1 in a bulletin that the codes included in the seven-state prepay review/prior authorization demonstration for power mobility devices (PMDs) include 
  • All Group 2 complex rehabilitative power wheelchairs (K0835 through K0843);