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Announcing The Dallas Bid Smart 2019 Summit

The following is the text of a legislative update released on July 2nd, 2019. Announcing the Dallas Bid Smart 2019 Summit - August 27, 2019   During the day‐long workshop, industry experts will discuss in‐depth the big changes coming to the Round 2021 Competitive Bidding program—including lead item pricing, the end of median bidding, bid surety bonds, and the use of single payment amounts (SPAs) to set rates in noncompetitive bidding areas (non‐CBAs).   This Summit will allow DME suppliers an opportunity to get educated on all the details you need to know to submit a smart bid, with three weeks remaining in the bid window (the Round 2021 bid window will close on September 18!).  An added special session will walk you through the information and procedures to use the “Bid Preparation Worksheet and Utilization Reports-, complete Forms A and B, and upload the bidder documents that must now be uploaded in Connexion, the program's secure portal.   We will highlight new and updated bid calculator tools and the speakers will share their insights, tips, and strategies for this new round of Competitive Bidding so you can be prepared to place your bid in Round 2021. This is also an opportunity to ask - and get answers to - your specific questions about the program.   Featured presenters:   Mark J. Higley, Vice President Regulatory Affair, VGM Group, Inc. Cara Bachenheimer, Government Affairs Practice, Brown & Fortunato Kim Brummett, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, American Association for Homecare   Date: August 27, 2019 Location: Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel - 4440 W John Carpenter Fwy, Irving, TX 75063 Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with lunch break   $99 tuition.  Seating will be limited. Reserve by spot by registering today!     Reminder: There are other competitive bid educational opportunities available soon (Webinar) Tuesday, July 9, from 10-11 a.m. CT. To register for the webinar, please click here. (Seminar) Tuesday, July 16, VGM and NAMPS Competitive Bidding Workshop in Henderson Nev. Register here. (CBIC Webinar) Tuesday, July 23, 2-3 p.m. CT. Registration available here. (Seminar) Thursday, Aug. 1, CAMPS Competitive Bidding and Reimbursement Seminar, Sacramento, Calif. Registration available here.   Summer is a great time to meet with your congressional leaders!   The August recess begins July 27th and ends on September 9th. Now is the time to reach out to your members of Congress, at both the state and federal level, to schedule a meeting during the August break.  It's so important to build these relationships so that DME legislation can move more efficiently through governments at both levels. If your elected officials do not hear about these issues, they cannot take action. At the federal level, the DME industry advocates for issues such as rural and non-rural reimbursements/the competitive bidding program, and the bills, such as H.R. 2771, that are designed to help providers nationwide. At the state level, the DME industry advocates for issues such as tax exemption, licensure, MCO's, and Medicaid, which can be a huge help to providers in those states. The crux of the August of Action is that federal and state elected officials will be attending the same events and town halls. This makes attending town halls a wonderful use of your time and resources. As an example of the opportunities the August Recess can provide, today John Gallagher attended a packed town hall with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley in Anamosa, IA, and was able to discuss rural health care issues with him. He also had the opportunity to discuss Iowa Medicaid and Iowa MCO's with Senator Carrie Koelker of the Iowa State Senate, who was also in attendance, along with many other state elected officials.