N.Y. members of Congress to CMS: Delay Round 2

Monday, April 8, 2013

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of New York lawmakers has asked CMS to delay the expansion of competitive bidding. A letter signed by 19 New York members of Congress expresses “concern” with Round 2 of the program, set to kick off July 1, particularly with respect to the recently announced single payment amounts. CMS has designed a program, the letter states, “that does not hold bidders accountable for their bids, does not ensure that bidders are qualified to provide the products in the bid areas, and produces bid rates that are financially unsustainable over the long term.” The letter also blasts a lack of transparency from CMS. “Congress has repeatedly asked CMS for detailed information regarding the competitive bidding system and CMS has failed to provide even basic information about the program,” the letter states.