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Mark Higley’s commentary: Contract offer responses due today in Connexion

After the extension of time allowed for companies to accept their Round 2 Recompete bids, today is the final day to do so.

As in previous competitions, there will likely be an additional round of contract offers in many CBAs.  To be clear, those suppliers with current offers in Connexion must complete the response by today; this does not, however, preclude those same companies (and/or those that received no offers) from receiving additional contract offers for additional product categories/CBAs.     Why?  Many companies are not accepting all (or none) of the offers, effectively creating a shortage of supply.  As needed, CMS will offer additional contracts to qualified suppliers who bid higher than the “pivotal” (cut-off) bid, albeit at the same “single payment amount” released on March 15.  When?  Perhaps as early as next week; the response deadline will likely be of a shorter duration.  We will keep you up to date!

From the CBIC website:

Connexion – the new secure, online portal for the Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program – opened on March 15, 2016, for you to review and respond to your contract offer(s). You are receiving this notice because you have not completed all of the steps outlined in your contract offer(s). Responses must be completed in Connexion by 11:59:59 p.m. today, or the contract offer(s) will be rescinded. Mailed, faxed, or e-mailed contract offer responses will not be accepted for any reason.

You must log into the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Enterprise Portal to access Connexion. Contract offers and other correspondence will only be communicated through Connexion and will not be mailed. End users (EUs) will not have access to contracting information but will be able to view and complete forms once contracts are fully executed.

If you have not registered for Connexion, you must register immediately to be able to respond to your contract offer(s) by the deadline above. You can find more information about registering for Connexion on the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) website.

If you have questions, please call the CBIC customer service center at 877-577-5331 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.