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H.R. 284 (114th): Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 12, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 284

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 12, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Kelly of Pennsylvania, Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Joyce, Mr. Stivers, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. David Scott of Georgia, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Neugebauer, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Harper, Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Amodei, Mr. Rokita, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mrs. Miller of Michigan, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Barletta, Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Loebsack, Ms. Slaughter, and Ms. Duckworth) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require State licensure and bid surety bonds for entities submitting bids under the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive acquisition program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015’’.

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Requiring State licensure and bid surety bonds for entities submitting bids under the Medicare DMEPOS competitive acquisition program

Section 1847(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–3(a)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:

(G)

Requiring state licensure and bid bonds for bidding entities

With respect to rounds of competitions beginning under this subsection on or after the date of enactment of this subparagraph, the Secretary may not accept a bid from an entity for an area unless, as of the deadline for bid submission—

(i)

the entity meets applicable State licensure requirements for such area for all items in such bid for a product category; and

(ii)

the entity has obtained (and provided the Secretary with proof of having obtained) a bid surety bond (in this paragraph referred to as a bid bond) in a form specified by the Secretary consistent with subparagraph (H) and in an amount that is not less than $50,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such area.

(H)

Treatment of bid bonds submitted

(i)

For successful bidders that do not accept the contract

In the case of a bidding entity that is offered a contract for an area for a product category, if the entity’s composite bid—

(I)

is at or below the product category’s median composite bid rate for the area and the entity does not accept the contract offered for the product and area, the bid bond submitted shall be forfeited by the bidding entity and the Secretary shall collect on it; or

(II)

is above such median composite bid rate and the entity chooses not to accept a contract for the product category, the bid bond submitted shall be returned within 90 days of the date of notice of nonacceptance.

(ii)

For losing bidders

If a bidding entity submits a bid that is not accepted for an area, the bid bond submitted for the entity for such area shall be returned within 90 days of the date of notice of nonacceptance.

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