Bill watch: competitive bidding, audits
WASHINGTON – A bill that would require providers to obtain bid bonds as part of future rounds of competitive bidding has 20 co-sponsors. H.R. 4920, introduced in June, would also require providers to prove they meet licensure requirements before they submit bids…A bill that would require CMS contractors that perform audits to reinstate clinical inference and judgment to reduce error rates has four co-sponsors. Other components of H.R. 5083, introduced last week, include reducing the document review period for all audits from five years to three years and excluding providers with low error rates from some or all audits during a two-year period.