WASHINGTON, DC – The Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor today released a new Financial Scoring Methodology fact sheet providing information about the financial scoring process used to evaluate a bidder’s financial health for Round 2021. The fact sheet provides insight on how CMS computes a financial score for each bidder using financial and credit score information provided by bidders.
This is significantly more detailed information about how CMS assesses bidders’ financial data than the Agency has previously provided. AAHomecare has consistently advocated for increased transparency in the bidding process and we are encouraged by this step forward.
• CMS fact sheet released today: Financial Scoring Methodology
• CMS fact sheet: Required Financial Documents
• CMS fact sheet: Process For Reviewing Covered Documents
• Summary on Financial Documentation Requirements fromDMECBPEducation.com
Financial documents must be uploaded to the Connexion by Aug 19, 2019.
Manual CRT Legislation Continues to Move Forward in House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy & Commerce Committee today approved legislation by unanimous voice vote that includes provisions to permanently exclude manual CRT wheelchairs from the competitive bidding program and exempt manual CRT accessories from bidding-derived pricing for 12 months, beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The CRT provisions are included in HR 2328, the “Reauthorizing and Extending America’s Community Health Act,” which was endorsed by the E&C Health Subcommittee last week.
“The HME community, patient advocacy groups, and our champions on Capitol Hill have been dogged in their pursuit of a legislative fix to keep manual CRT wheelchairs and accessories outside of the bidding program’s purview,” said Tom Ryan, AAHomecare president & CEO. “Thanks to grassroots advocacy to build strong, bipartisan support for manual CRT legislation in both the last Congressional session and the current one, we’re moving closer to further protecting patient access to CRT.”
CRT-related provisions included in HR 2328 can be seen here, starting on page 24 of the draft of the legislation. The bill includes similar language to HR 2293, legislation that AAHomecare and other mobility stakeholders have been supporting since its introduction in April.
With manual CRT provisions approved today by the Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as by the Ways & Means Committee in June (as part of HR 3249),these measures are cleared for consideration by the full House. This could be as stand alone bills or as part of a larger health care package.