LEEDer Group Inc.
8508 North West 66th St.
Miami, Florida 33166 USA

Phone: 305.436.5030
Fax: 305.436.0086
E-mail Address: info {at] LEEDerGroup [dot] com

2011-02 Competitive Bidding Program Update & Contact Number





February 21, 2011

DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Focuses on Providing Access to High-Quality Products and Services for People with Medicare
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the first phase of the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program on Saturday, January 1, 2011, in nine different areas of the country.
  • Through supplier competition, the program set new, lower payment rates for certain medical equipment and supplies, such as oxygen equipment, certain power wheelchairs and mail order diabetic supplies. CMS estimates that Medicare and beneficiaries will pay 32-percent less on average for these equipment and supplies. In most cases, Medicare beneficiaries who obtain these items in the nine competitive bidding areas will need to get them from the Medicare suppliers that were awarded contracts in order to have the items covered under Medicare. More than four million Medicare beneficiaries living in the nine competitive bidding areas can save money through this new program, while continuing to have access to quality medical equipment from accredited suppliers they can trust.
  • We are pleased to report that implementation of the program is going very smoothly. We continue to deploy a wide array of resources across all of the competitive bidding areas to address any concerns that may arise, including local State Health Insurance and Assistance Program (SHIP) offices, specially-trained customer service representatives at 1-800-MEDICARE, and caseworkers in Medicare’s regional offices who all stand ready to assist beneficiaries who may have questions about the program. In addition, there is a complaint and inquiry process for beneficiaries, caregivers, doctors, referral agents, and suppliers to use for reporting concerns about a contract supplier or other competitive bidding implementation issues. This process is designed to ensure that all complaints are correctly routed, investigated, resolved, tracked, and reported.