Washington, DC, July 16, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- In recognition of the opening of the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program bid window today, a group of leading industry trade organizations is showcasing new educational resources to help potential bidders navigate recent changes made to the program for the 2019 bid year. The new tools – which are available via a comprehensive website
– aim to help suppliers and prospective bidders understand major changes made to the program by compiling publicly available information into one place in an easily digestible format.
The 60-day bidding window opens today and will remain open until September 18, 2019.
“Given the magnitude of these changes, it is especially important all stakeholders be prepared to bid responsibly this year,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of the American Association for Homecare. “That’s why we’re proud to collaborate with leading industry experts to launch this nation-wide education campaign with free and easy-to-understand tools to help potential bidders stay informed.”
Visitors to the website will be able to take advantage of several helpful tools such as an interactive bid calculator
for each of the 16 product categories available for bidding. The calculator is intended to help providers understand the new “lead item pricing” methodology, and how a bid for the lead item impacts the rest of the items in the product category. A step-by-step tutorial video
is also available to help bidders use and understand the calculator.
Additionally, visitors will have access to a series of video tutorials
and webinar recordings
overviewing this year’s changes. These short videos explain in detail topics such as lead item pricing, the maximum winning bid and higher bid ceiling, and the new bid surety bond requirements.
The website, along with the bid calculator, webinars, and tutorial videos can be accessed at: dmecbpeducation.com
While these tools aim to educate prospective bidders, they are not intended – nor should be construed to be – legal advice. Bidders are responsible for their bids and should consult their own counsel for legal advice or the CBIC.
Bid Smart 2019 Summit
On August 27, industry leaders will gather in Dallas, Texas for an in-person training session about the competitive bidding program. During the day-long workshop, experts will discuss in detail the brand-new bid process - including lead item bidding and pricing, higher bid ceilings, clearing bid pricing, bid surety bonds, and how the bid rates will establish rates in non-competitive bidding areas (non-CBAs).
Attendees are also invited to take part in an added special session to walk through the information and procedures to use the “Bid Preparation Worksheet and Utilization Reports,” complete Forms A and B, and upload the bidder documents that must now be uploaded in Connexion, the program’s secure portal.
Featured speakers include:
Cara Bachenheimer, Government Affairs Practice, Brown & Fortunato
Kim Brummett, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, American Association for Homecare
Mark J. Higley, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, VGM Group, Inc.
To learn more about the summit and to register, click here
American Association for Homecare
AAHomecare provides advocacy and lobbying efforts to represent healthcare providers, equipment manufacturers and community healthcare organizations in Washington, D.C. Their main efforts include lobbying to ensure homecare is not unfairly burdened by Medicare and other federal programs. Learn more at: aahomecare.org
Council for Quality Respiratory Care
The CQRC is a coalition of the nation’s seven leading home oxygen therapy provider and manufacturing companies with the mission to protect access to the home respiratory care benefits in the Medicare program. Learn more at: cqrc.org
Healthcare Nutrition Council
The Healthcare Nutrition Council is an organization representing the manufacturers of enteral nutrition formulas, parenteral nutrition solutions, supplies and equipment. HNC is committed to improving health by advancing policies that address and raise awareness of nutrition and its impact on patient outcomes and healthcare costs. Learn more at: healthcarenutrition.org
The VGM group is a member service organization committed to the home medical equipment and complex rehab technology industries. Their mission is to foster lasting relationships that help our Members and vendor partners build alliances and strong businesses. Learn more at: vgm.com