CMS Ramps Up Competitive Bidding, Round Two
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
New Haven-Milford, CT
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
Austin-Round Rock, TX
Baton Rouge, LA
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
Charleston-North Charleston, SC
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL
El Paso, TX
Greensboro-High Point, NC
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA
Oklahoma City, OK
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
San Antonio, TX
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
CMS said it expects to begin pre-bidding activities for the second round, such as announcing the specific zip codes that constitute the CBAs, specific items in each product category and bidder education and registration for user IDs and passwords, in the spring of 2008.
According to the agency, the bidding period is expected to run 60 days and is planned to begin in the summer of 2008. CMS said a more detailed timeline will be provided as the pre-bidding activities begin.
A full announcement about Round Two of the Medicare DMEPOS competitive bidding program can be found at www. cms.hhs.gov/CompetitiveAcqforDMEPOS.
For continuing coverage of competitive bidding, check future issues of HomeCare Monday.