CMS announces next round of bidding

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BALTIMORE – CMS has detailed initial plans to implement a new Round 1 re-compete on Jan. 1, 2017.

Today’s announcement comes less than a week after President Obama signed a “doc fix” bill that includes provisions requiring providers to be licensed and to obtain bid bonds as part of the program. The bill stipulates that CMS must implement the changes for contracts “not earlier than Jan. 1, 2017, and not later than Jan. 1, 2019.”

Stakeholders hope to work with CMS to get the changes implemented in time for the Round 1 re-compete.

CMS plans to open bidding for the Round 1 re-compete in the same nine competitive bidding areas in the fall.

The affected product categories are: enteral nutrients, equipment and supplies;general home equipment;nebulizers; negative pressure wound therapy pumps; non-invasive pressure support ventilators; respiratory equipment; standard mobility equipment; and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation devices.

Ventilators, a new category, will be bid only in eight CBAs: Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.; Chester, Lancaster and York counties, S.C.; Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas; Kansas City-Overland Park-Ottawa, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla.; Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.; Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.

CMS also stated that it has updated the CBAs to reflect zip code changes.

More information on specific items in each product category, and a list of zip codes in each category, will be available on the CBIC website.