Competitive Bidding


Audit, Binding Bids Bills Continue Momentum

Industry legislative efforts pick up more co-sponsors as industry intensifies lobbying during recess.

Editor's Note

Your August Marching Orders

Providers work in an incredibly busy environment that is made even more complex by bad Medicare policies. However, providers must carve out time in August to battle those policies.

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Legislative Update

New Ideas

The fight against competitive bidding has been a difficult one, and after several efforts to repeal or replace the program it's becoming increasingly clear that the current strategy isn't working. Now the industry has a new bill that fixes a critical flaw with the program: suicide bids. Better yet, unlike past efforts, this legislation has a solid chance of passing as a standalone bill.

Patients Back ‘Save My Medical Supplies’

Campaign has generated 5,500 consumer letters to Congress calling for reforms to bad DMEPOS policies.

Audit and Binding Bids Bills Gain More Ground

H.R. 5083 reaches 8 co-sponsors and H.R. 4920 now at 24 backers as industry approaches prime lobbying opportunity.

Bids, Audits Bills Up; MPP Bill Hovers

Recently released binding bids and audit reform bills gain sponsors while MPP sits at 180.

CMS Announces Round Two Re-compete

Agency will announce bidding schedule for Round Two and National Mail-Order in fall; bidding begins winter 2015.

Binding Bids Bill Boasts 18 Backers

H.R. 4920 approaches prime summer lobbying opportunity with solid support, but more needed.

CMS Proposes Rule on Taking Bidding National

After February advanced notice, CMS releases proposed rule, soliciting comments.

Binding Bids Bill Unveiled

H.R. 4920 aims to correct key competitive bidding failings by making all bids binding and requiring surety bonds for bids.



AAHomceare Calls for Urgent H.R. 4920 Support

Association creates online resources to help providers quickly drive bill’s support under tight Congressional calendar.

Industry Testifies at Small Business Administration Hearing

AAHomecare, industry representatives, providers describe negative effects of competitive bidding.

Binding Bids Bill Imminent

Industry working with 2 House members on bill that would require surety bonds for bidders.

Two More Lawmakers Support MPP Bill

Additions bring H.R. 1717’s co-sponsorship to 180 members of Congress.

Senators Send Bidding Halt Letter to CMS

36 Senators join Sens. Thune, Casey, Hoeven in calling on Admin. Tavenner to pause bid expansion.

Three More Representatives Back MPP Bill

Post-Washington conference sign-ups keep coming; bring H.R. 1717’s co-sponsors to 178 lawmakers.

Video: Advocacy Group Sends Medicare Online Message

‘Dear Medicare’ site helps beneficiaries to share videos and stories that show harm of competitive bidding.

18 Senators Urge Halt to Bid Expansion

Upper chamber lawmakers sign Congressional sign-on letter to CMS’s Tavenner.

Lawmakers Backing H.R. 1717 Grows to 175

Bidding replacement bill adds four more lawmakers in opening weeks of May.

Senators Ask CMS to Wait on Bid Expansion

Letter to Administrator Tavenner calls on agency to wait for HHS OIG to complete its Round Two investigation.

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