Round One Re-Compete Bidding Starts Oct. 15

CMS provides further details on key steps providers should follow to ensure they successfully bid for 2017 contracts.

CMS announced that bidding for the re-compete of Round One of competitive bidding for 2017 will start on Oct. 15.

Providing further details in this week’s MLN Connects, CMS advised that providers should follow three key steps:

CMS encouraged providers to refer to the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor’s website to access Request for Bids instructions; bid preparation worksheets; the DBidS checklist and user guide; and various fact sheets, as well as to register to receive email updates

Oroviders with questions about the re-compete should call CBIC customer service at (877) 577-5331 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. CBIC will extend those hours to 9 p.m. during the last two weeks of the registration and bidding windows, which close Nov. 20 and Dec. 16, respectively.

Important dates for Round One 2017:

Oct. 19 — CMS “strongly” encourages Backup Authorized Officials to register no later than this date.
Nov. 16 — Covered document review date for bidders to submit financial documents.
Nov. 20 — Registration closes.
Dec. 16 — Bid window closes.
Winter 2016 — Preliminary bid evaluation notification.
Summer 2016 — CMS announces single payment amounts, and begins contracting process.
Fall 2016  — CMS announces contract suppliers, begins contract supplier education and begins beneficiary, referral agent and supplier education.
Jan. 1, 2017 — CMS implements contracts and prices for the Round One 2017 Re-Compete.

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