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CMS expanding competitive-bidding program
Modern Healthcare

The second phase of a competitive-bidding program for certain Medicare durable medical equipment will launch on July 1, 2013, and expand the types of equipment included and the geographic areas where it is required. The CMS program—expanded by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—aims to use supplier bids to set lower payment rates for certain medical equipment and supplies than the Medicare fee schedule.

The CMS will expand the cost-saving initiative to 100 metropolitan areas from the nine geographic areas where it launched in January.