Schools are currently one of the few government entities that are not required to advertise for sealed bids and award contracts for construction and renovation projects to the lowest responsible bidder.However, despite the fact that school districts are not statutorily required to use the competitive bidding process, many school boards have adopted board policies requiring their districts to follow a competitive bidding process for awarding construction project contracts.The bill now moves to the full state Senate for a vote.: An identical companion bill, Assembly Bill 307, authored by Rep.
Last year's proposal included broad changes for hospital IT, overhauling the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, better known as "meaningful use," to make the programs less burdensome and more patient-centered, according to the agency.
Notably, the CMS renamed the programs "Promoting Interoperability" as part of the 2018 announcement.
Under Senate Bill 236, all public construction projects in excess of $50,000 would have to be awarded based upon the statutory competitive bidding requirements.
This means school districts would be required to use a competitive bidding process for any construction projects that exceed $50,000 in estimated cost.
As a result, districts that in the past have relied on long-standing relationships with local contractors would lose the option to negotiate directly with those contractors to ensure value and quality.
Proponents of requiring schools to use competitive sealed bids, such as state Sen.
It's also soliciting input on how to reward hospitals that take steps to reduce errors associated with EHR use.
Additionally, the agency is soliciting comments on adopting two new opioid clinical quality measures for the 2021 reporting period: safe use of opioids, concurrent prescribing and hospital harm, opioid-related adverse events.
Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured at left), the lead author of Senate Bill 236, have told reporters one of the goals of the bill is to make school projects more transparent. Stroebel, requiring competitive bidding allows the public to know who is winning construction contracts and why.
The WASB has opposed these bills because they would take away local control and the flexibility to choose the project delivery method and the project contractor that best meet a school district’s needs.
The CMS proposed cutting back on two measures meant to address the opioid epidemic.