From: Home Care Magazine

The Accredited Medical Equipment Providers of America (AMEPA) has done some more digging on the issue of when credit reports should be dated for Round 2 of competitive bidding, and prompted a clarification from the CBIC.

Last week, a CBIC spokesperson told consultant Chris Rice that the deadline was Jan. 30. This week, a CBIC ombudsman told AMEPA that there was no such deadline.

At issue was the wording in CBIC instructions stating credit reports must be dated “within 90 days prior” to the opening of the bid window, which is Jan. 30. Rice had called a CBIC official who said the instruction really meant within 90 days of the bid window opening.

Not so, according to the latest clarification given AMEPA:

“Credit reports dated greater than 90 days prior to the opening of the bid window are not valid. Therefore, the credit report must be dated on or after that date. Additionally, the credit report may be dated after the opening of the bid window.”

Nov. 1, 2011, was 90 days prior to the Jan. 30 bid window opening. So credit reports must be dated AFTER that. And on Wednesday, a clarification was posted on the competitive bidding website.