HCFA sets Jan. 1, 2001, date for next competitive bidding site

By MATTHEW HAY

HHBR Washington Correspondent

BALTIMORE – The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA; Baltimore) announced last week that the second competitive bidding demonstration for Medicare Part B services and supplies will commence Jan. 1, 2001. But the agency did not announce the location of the next demonstration.

According to an announcement in the Federal Register Jan. 7, the second demonstration will include oxygen equipment and supplies, hospital beds, standardized orthotic products, manual wheelchairs, and nebulizer drugs. The agency requested emergency clearance from the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

According to the National Association of Medical Equipment Services (NAMES; Alexandria, VA), the second demonstration could take place in any medium metropolitan area within durable medical equipment regional carrier Region C. NAMES speculated that Texas or Florida, both in Region C, are likely sites for the next demonstration.