AAHomecare Asks Goverment Watchdog to Investigate Competitive Bidding Program

The American Association for Homecare (AAHC) is making a formal request to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) to investigate Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

The request stems from the unwillingness of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to share information about the bidding system, such as how supply and demand are met under the program, as well as how single payment amounts are calculated.

After having its repeated attempts to obtain information from CMS fall on deaf ears, AAHomecare is now turning to the OIG for support as it is the only remaining oversight entity that can review every aspect of the bidding program, reports HomeCare Magazine.

In response, OIG has told the Association that its report will be completed by late summer or early fall of this year, even though Round 2 of the program kicks off July 1. 

AAHomecare said plans to meet with the OIG in the near future to discuss the parameters of the analysis, among other issues of concern brought on by Round 2, including the program’s impact on allowing patients to remain at home. 

Written by Jason Oliva