|Message from CMS
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released preliminary DMEPOS rural ZIP Code file containing Quarter 4 2015 rural ZIP codes. Beginning January 1, 2016, fee schedule amounts for certain items will be adjusted based on information from the DMEPOS competitive bidding program, and for some items, the adjusted fee schedule amounts for items furnished in rural areas within the state will be different than the adjusted fee schedule amounts in other areas of the state. The ZIP codes for areas defined as rural areas per regulations at 42 CFR 414.202 are based on current ZIP code boundaries. Changes to the ZIP code public use file will be made, as needed, based on future changes to ZIP codes by the United States Postal Service. The public use files for the DMEPOS and PEN fee schedules do not contain fee schedule amounts, but are being posted to show what changes are being planned for the file formats to accommodate the fee schedule amounts for rural areas, as well as statewide fee schedule amounts for enteral nutrition.
The files are available at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/DMEPOSFeeSched/DMEPOS-Fee-Schedule.html.
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