Round 2021 update: Not so fast CBIC?

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON – The CBIC recently sent a message indicating that Round 2021 “contract offers and disqualification information would soon be provided” in Connexion, but they did it without clearing it with CMS, according to AAHomecare. 

“Furthermore, our counsel was told that CMS has not yet made a decision on moving forward on Round 2021,” the association stated in a bulletin. 

Industry stakeholders took the CBIC’s message as a sign that maybe CMS’s next round of competitive bidding was moving forward as planned, with single payment amounts announced this summer, contract suppliers this fall and implementation on Jan. 1. 

AAHomecare and other stakeholders are awaiting details on the scope and timing for Round 2021. They have been advocating for a delay in the next round of the bid program for at least one year or through the length of the current public health emergency. 

The industry's efforts were recently boosted by a letter to CMS signed by more than 100 members of the House of Representatives requesting a delay.