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August 24, 2011

DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Expansion Announced

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the next steps for the expansion of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program to include the Round 2 and the national mail-order competitions.

ROUND 2

The Round 2 product categories are:

A list of the specific items in each product category is available on the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) website, www.dmecompetitivebid.comExternal Website; the specific ZIP codes in each Round 2 competitive bidding area (CBA) are also available on the CBIC website.

NATIONAL MAIL-ORDER COMPETITION

CMS will also be conducting a national mail-order competition for diabetic testing supplies at the same time as the Round 2 competition. The national mail-order competition will include all parts of the United States, including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

To ensure that suppliers have ample time to prepare for the competition, CMS has announced the following next steps for the program:

Summer 2011

Fall 2011

Winter 2012

Bidding begins

If you are a supplier interested in bidding, prepare now — don't wait!

DMEPOS suppliers can update their enrollment via the internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) or by using the 7/11/2011 version of the CMS-855S enrollment form. Suppliers not currently using PECOS can learn more about this system by accessing the PECOS website (https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/MedicareProviderSupEnroll/index.htmlExternal Website ) or reviewing the PECOS fact sheet at the following link: (www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/downloads/MedEnroll_PECOS_DMEPOS_FactSheet_ICN904283.pdfExternal PDF). Information and instructions on how to submit a change of information via the hardcopy CMS-855S enrollment form may be found on the NSC website (www.palmettogba.com/nscExternal Website) and by following this path: Supplier Enrollment/Change of Information/Change of Information Guide.

Further information on the DMEPOS accreditation requirements along with a list of the accreditation organizations and those professionals and other persons exempted from accreditation may be found at the CMS website: www.cms.gov/MediceProvidearrSupEnroll/01_Overview.aspExternal Website .

Visit the CMS website at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/index.htmlExternal Website for the latest information on the DMEPOS competitive bidding program.

To view the Press Release, please click: http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2011-Press-releases-items/2011-08-19.html?DLPage=5&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descendingExternal Website

To view the Fact Sheet, please click: http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2011-Fact-sheets-items/2011-08-19.htmlExternal Website

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