Headless DHS

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04/03/2009

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius probably won't be confirmed (or not) as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services until later this month, the New York Times reported today. (Yup, you guessed it: The delay has something to do with a little thing called unpaid taxes!)

This could spell trouble for the HME industry. The national competitive bidding rule goes into effect in two weeks, yet the headless DHS hasn't even released a timeline. When will CMS put out requests for bids? How long will providers have to submit bids? When does the agency plan to launch the program?

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The Peacemaker psp It doesn't appear the indsutry will get those details until there's someone permanently in charge at DHS. During a February Open Door Forum, CMS's Joel Kaiser said: “There has been a change in administration, and we’re going through that transition process. Once that transition process is on its way, and we have a timeline and decisions on re-bidding, we’ll be announcing that.”

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