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CMS to host webinars on DMEPOS Competitive Bidding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will hold three webinars to explain the Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program, which began in nine areas on Jan. 1, 2011.

LTC advocates pushing lawmakers for delay of competitive bidding program

The National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care is hosting its annual "Congressional Fly-In" on Wednesday in Washington. NASL leaders remind providers and other stakeholders that the event is an opportunity to personally ask their respective members of Congress to advocate for the adoption of H.R. 1717, the Market Pricing Program. The bill would immediately modify the Medicare the Medicare competitive bidding program and establish a market-based pricing system. Rep. G.T. Thompson (R-PA) will address association members about his proposal, which would require CMS to delay Round 2 of the Medicare DMEPOS competitive bidding program before it expands July 1.

Pending legislation would end therapy caps

Pending legislation would end therapy caps

A measure to terminate Medicare therapy caps will soon be introduced in Congress, a top association official said during a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast yesterday.

New durable medical equipment bidding process ill suited to long-term care, Congress told

Structural flaws in the newly implemented durable medical equipment competitive bidding process have caused significant service interruptions and supply problems for residents in long-term care facilities, congressional staff heard at a briefing Tuesday.