• CRE Files Data Quality Alert on the Competitive Bidding Rule

    The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE) has alerted CMS of its obligation to ensure that all actions taken with respect to the Competitive Bidding rule comply with the Data (Information) Quality Act (DQA). The discharge of this responsibility  requires CMS to continue its commitment to disseminating only that data which complies with the DQA by releasing its Data Quality assurance documents on five key components of the competitive bidding rule–HCPCS Codes, Beneficiary Demand, Supplier Capacity, Composite Bids and Pivotal Bids.
    The CMS Data Quality Alert is attached hereto and is taken pursuant to the Data (Information) Quality Act. CMS is in  the critical stage of implementing its rule on Competitive Bidding.
    Technological advances have made the sixty day notice and comment period authorized in the Administrative Procedure Act  obsolete–the regulatory process is now a 24/7 endeavor.

    Presently there is no systematic and public manner in which the public  can provide CMS their views on program implementation.  To fill this void,  CRE has developed this  Interactive Public Docket (IPD) which will be submitted to CMS.

    The public is  invited to participate in this rulemaking in a number of ways: (1) Comment on the comments of other interested parties which  are presented below this article, (2) Supply news obtained from federal officials or other stakeholders in “Bid News” in the upper right hand corner of this page, (3) Identify concerns and  topics which should be addressed by presenting your views in the “Discussion Forum” in the upper right hand corner of this page, and (4)  Provide other relevant information to CRE through the email icon in the upper right hand side of this page.

    The Data (Information) Quality Act was designed to provide the public with an easy way of correcting data disseminated by the federal government. Accordingly, CRE not only invites the public to comment on this Data Quality Alert by clicking on the  term “comment” in the upper left hand corner of this article but to also identify errors in the data disseminated by CMS on this rule.

    The attachment below sets forth the actions that CMS must  take to come into compliance with its DQA guidelines.

    CRE Data Quality Alert

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