LEEDer Group Inc.
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Miami, Florida 33166 USA

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2011-08 DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Expansion Announced

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:
    Oxygen, oxygen equipment, and supplies
    Standard (Power and Manual) wheelchairs, scooters, and related accessories
    Enteral nutrients, equipment, and supplies
    Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices and Respiratory Assist Devices (RADs) and related supplies and accessories
    Hospital beds and related accessories
    Walkers and related accessories
    Negative Pressure Wound Therapy pumps and related supplies and accessories
    Support surfaces (Group 2 mattresses and overlays)

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

    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
    CMS begins pre-bidding supplier awareness program
  • Fall 2011
    CMS announces bidding schedule
    CMS begins bidder education program
    Bidder registration period to obtain user ID and passwords begins
  • Winter 2012
    Bidding begins
  • If you are a supplier interested in bidding, prepare now – don’t wait!
    UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION: The following contact information in your enrollment file at the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) must be up to date before you register to bid. If your file is not current, you may experience delays and/or be unable to register and bid. DMEPOS suppliers should review and update: The name, Social Security number, and date of birth for all authorized official(s) (if you have only one authorized official listed on your enrollment file, consider adding one or more authorized officials to help with registration and bidding); and The correspondence address.
  • 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
  • GET LICENSED: Contracts are only awarded to suppliers that have all required state licenses at the time the bid is submitted. Therefore, before you submit a bid for a product category in a CBA, you must have all required state licenses for that product category on file with the NSC. Every location must be licensed in each state in which it provides services. If you have only one location and are bidding in a CBA that includes more than one state, you must have all required licenses for every state in that CBA. If you have more than one location and are bidding in a CBA that includes more than one state, your company must have all required licenses for the product category for every state in that CBA. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you make sure that current versions of all required licenses are in your enrollment file with the NSC BEFORE you bid. If any required licenses are expired or missing from your enrollment file, we can reject your bid. Suppliers bidding in the national mail-order competition must have the applicable licenses for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.
  • GET ACCREDITED: Suppliers must be accredited for all items in a product category in order to submit a bid for that product category. If you are interested in bidding for a product category and are not currently accredited for that product category, take action NOW to get accredited for that product category. Your accreditation organization will need to report any accreditation updates to the NSC. CMS cannot contract with suppliers that are not accredited by a CMS-approved accreditation organization.

Visit the CMS web site at for the latest information on the DMEPOS competitive bidding program.