CMS Competitive Bidding Program Starts July 1st

Starting on July 1, 2013, Medicare is scheduled to expand the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program to some areas in Massachusetts (Boston-Cambridge-Fall River-New Bedford- Quincy- Springfield-Worcester)  This program changes the amount Medicare pays for certain DMEPOS, and makes changes to which suppliers Medicare will pay to supply these items to Medicare beneficiaries.

To find out if a supplier is a contract supplier for the program check on the CMS DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Website for the “Supplier Directory” or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

The eight product categories that are included in this program are:

1. Oxygen, oxygen equipment, and supplies;

2. Standard (power and manual) wheelchairs, scooters, and related accessories;

3. Enteral nutrients, equipment, and supplies;

4. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices, Respiratory Assist Devices (RADs) and related supplies and    accessories;

5. Hospital beds and related accessories;

6. Walkers and related accessories;

7. Support surfaces (Group 2 mattresses and overlays); and

8. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy pumps and related supplies and accessories.


For more information, CMS also published a Tip Sheet What You Should Know if You Need Medicare-covered Equipment or Supplies”

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