CRE Interactive Site Offers Venue For Debate On Competitive Bidding
Stakeholders hoping to influence CMS’ restart of its controversial durable medical equipment competitive bidding effort now have a new outlet: An interactive, online “docket” unveiled Wednesday (May 27) by a veteran lobbyist who headed the Office of Management and Budget’s regulatory affairs shop during the Reagan administration. Jim Tozzi, now on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, said CRE’s interactive docket allows a stakeholder to directly comment on another stakeholder’s post on the Web site, to interact online in a “discussion forum” about a particular rule or regulation and to e-mail CRE with comments that CRE can then highlight or expand upon, he said.
CMS’ Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program could eliminate as many as 90% of the providers from the market place, primarily small businesses. The loss of these many small firms would jeopardize patient care since the patient-provider relationship is crucial when using home medical equipment. Safeguards must be put in place so another industry is not dominated by “too big to fail” companies.
CMS has not yet demonstrated compliance with “good government” laws , the laws that “regulate the regulators”; these laws include the Paperwork Reduction Act, its companion, the Data Quality Act, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
Testimony of the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness
CMS Program Advisory Oversight Committee
June 4, 2009
I am Jim Tozzi of the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness. We are a regulatory watchdog organization focused on ensuring federal agency compliance with the “good government” laws that regulate the regulatory process. These laws include the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and the Data Quality Act, also known as the Information Quality Act. We frequently participate in FACA processes and I serve on a FACA committee sponsored by another agency.