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.

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) has penned a sign-on letter calling for CMS to halt its expansion of competitive bidding under the HHS Office of Inspector General completes its investigation of Round Two of competitive bidding.

Addressed to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, the letter has already attracted to signatures of Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and John Thune (R-S.D.).

Now providers have until May 15 to call on their Senators to sign the letter. They can do so using an online form available form VGM Group’s Take Action Center at www.vgmdclink.com/action-center.php.

“We appreciate that CMS is requesting input before moving forward, especially given the impact competitive bidding prices could have on rural areas,” part of the letter reads. “In these remote areas, DMEPOS are especially vital and necessary to resident beneficiaries, and we question whether an apples-to-apples comparison with urban areas I the best approach specially since there are some concerns with the bidding process in Round One and Round Two.”

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