Erroneous Round 2019 Email Causes Kerfuffle

CBIC distributed a faulty email regarding a Round 2019 registration deadline over the weekend, causing confusion among HMEs.

Despite CMS’s delay of Round 2019 of competitive bidding, the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractors (CBIC) mistakenly distributed a faulty notification over the weekend regarding registration for that round of bidding, which unnecessarily caused a stir among some providers.

The automatic email from CBIC told providers they had to approve form A and certify form B before 6 p.m. Eastern Time on May 9. The American Association for Homecare contacted CBIC and confirmed that the email was a mistake and that a correction would be sent soon. 

In the mean time, providers should rest assured that nothing is required of them. Moreover, all previously posted Round 2019 materials is still gone rom the CBIC website (CBIC had removed the information, originally posted Jan. 31, in early February).

Some of the incorrect text from CBIC’s erroneous email: 

“If you are a supplier interested in participating in the Round 1 2019 of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program, please remember to check your home page in DBidS, the online bidding system to ensure that you have approved your Form A(s) and certified your Form B(s), before 17:59:59 prevailing Eastern Time on May 09, 2017. If Form A is not approved and Form B is not certified, your bid(s) cannot be evaluated, and you will not be considered for a contract.”

Again, the message was erroneous, Round 2019 is still delayed, and providers are not under a deadline to complete or approve the forms mentioned in the message.

Providers needing more information can contact CBIC’s customer service at (877) 577-5331.

About the Author

David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.


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