Dancing with the stars

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10/10/2007

I’m not holding my breath, but it would be nice if the industry gets some straight answers tomorrow, Oct. 11, when CMS meets with the Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC) for national competitive bidding. For instance:

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Given the problems that occurred this summer in the first 10 metropolitan statistical areas (delays, registration snafus, incomplete utilization data, etc.), do CMS officials feel confident that things will go more smoothly when they roll out the program in an additional 70 MSAs next year?

What did CMS learn from the first round that will help them improve the process going forward?

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How many providers submitted bids in the first 10 MSAs? Is this more or less than CMS expected?

How many suppliers submitted bids as part of a network?

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These are pretty simple questions, but as one provider said, when it comes to dancing around questions, CMS is a real star.