Bid News Blog

This news site presents breaking news on the CMS competitive bidding programs. It is interactive and readers are encouraged to post stories in their names or anonymously
April 30, 2013

Study finds fundamental flaws in new Medicare bidding program

From: Memphis Business Journal

Cole Epley

Come July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will implement a new process through which businesses that service and sell durable medical equipment and supplies will compete for Medicare business.

The program is designed to foster more competition and, in turn, influence more cost-effective supplies and service for Medicare beneficiaries.

But local businesses in the space have already sounded off on the so-called competitive bidding program — one of whom told MBJ the program is a “de facto way of not providing services” — and study results published in the May issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics are likely to add fuel to those entities’ opposition of the program.

April 22, 2013

2013 VGM Heartland Conference

From: Home Care Magazine

WATERLOO, Iowa, April 18, 2013—The VGM Heartland Conference has become a June tradition in the HME industry, but organizers aren’t resting on their laurels for the 2013 edition, June 10-13 in VGM Group Inc.’s hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. “New” is an apt description for many aspects of the industry’s premier educational event. Four pre-conference sessions will be offered June 10:

April 15, 2013

Industry gathers ‘ammunition’

From: HME News

by: Liz Beaulieu

BALTIMORE – Industry stakeholders believe CMS may have shot itself in the other foot when it released the names of the 799 suppliers who won 13,126 contracts as part of Round 2 of competitive bidding.

“There are glaring problems with this list,” said Wayne Stanfield, president and CEO of NAIMES. “CMS has failed on every level: They have selected unqualified companies; they have given hundreds of contracts to suppliers that have no ability to fulfill them. It goes on and on.”

April 9, 2013

DMEPOS Contract Suppliers Announced: National Mail Order Diabetic Testing Supplies and Round 2

From: CMS

CMS has announced the contract suppliers for Round 2 and the national mail-order program of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program.

A list of contract supplier names is available at Contract supplier locations for each product category in each competitive bidding area can be found in the Supplier Directory at

For additional information:

New Name for CBIC Ombudsmen

Expansion of DME Single Payment Amounts to Medicaid?

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Medicare cuts expected in Obama budget, but not big structural changes By Jessica Zigmond published in

Meanwhile, one area to watch closely in the budget is Medicaid, although sources  have said they expect  the administration to spare the program. For example, the administration  could crack down on fraud and abuse in the program; apply competitive bidding to  durable medical equipment similar to what exists in Medicare; or phase down  Medicaid provider taxes that are paid to states to help them operate their  Medicaid programs.

April 4, 2013

Guest column: Medicare competitive bidding unfair

From: Florida Today

Sheldon Prial

Far too much money is being stolen from Medicare, which affects every recipient. These events are regularly reported in FLORIDA TODAY.

In Brevard County, there are many hard-working home medical equipment (HME) independent dealers who asked for a meeting with Congressman Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, to discuss this situation. During the meeting, they spoke about how part one of the competitive bid legislation failed, and what part two would create when it is activated. The threatened reimbursement reductions would force many dealers to close their doors.