CMS opens portal for bid offers

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WASHINGTON – In a sign that contract offers might be on their way, HME providers who submitted bids as part of the Round 2 and the national mail-order re-compete may now register for Connexion.

Contract offers and other correspondence for the Round 2 and national mail-order re-compete will be communicated only through Connexion, a new secure, online portal, according to an update posted to the CBIC website Feb. 17.

“These items will not be mailed,” the agency stated.

To respond to offers and receive correspondence, authorized officials (AOs) and backup authorized officials (BAOs) must be registered in the Enterprise Identity Management system (EIDM) and add Connexion to their access.

CMS plans to announce the single payment amounts for the Round 2 and national mail order re-compete, and begin the contracting process this winter. It plans to announce contract suppliers this spring.

CMS plans to implement new pricing and contracts on July 1.