Monday, June 1, 2009

Obama Administration Rushes to Restart Bid Program, AAHomecare Expresses Disappointment

Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the new timeline for the program, with bidding scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2009. In response to the brief timeline, AAHomecare expressed disappointment that the Obama administration is rushing to re-implement the deeply flawed “competitive” bidding program for home medical equipment and services.

AAHomecare believes this troubled program is moving forward without addressing the many severe problems that prompted Congress to mandate reform of the program last summer. Disability groups, patients, providers, and even members of Congress expressed concern with aspect of the program. Moving forward with competitive bidding at this time represents a big step backwards for the Medicare beneficiaries who receive services.

The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) required a delay in the bid program to allow CMS to reform it. CMS is encouraging providers to begin preparing for the bidding process by updating NSC files, obtaining all necessary licenses, and becoming accredited and bonded. CMS issued the following rough timetable:

Spring 2009
• CMS begins pre-bidding supplier awareness campaign
• Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC) meeting on June 4, 2009 in Baltimore

Summer 2009
• CMS announces schedules for bidding and education events
• CMS begins bidder education campaign
• Registration period begins for bidders to obtain user identification and passwords

Fall 2009
• Bidding begins

Visit the CMS web site at for the details on the bidding program.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Let them rush thru it! It will fail just like the first implementation of CB. Sorry for our patients who will be the ones who suffers the most. Start printing out how to contact Obama and Senators via email, phone, and USPS. When you patients complain, give this information to them because it is now out of our hands and will be up to those who have let this go thru to answer the patients directly.