Yesterday the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the contract suppliers for Round 1 2017 of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program. The suppliers will begin serving 534 locations on Jan. 1, 2017, according to a CMS fact sheet. CMS said that 182 contracts were executed following competitive bidding for eight product categories, including nebulizers, respiratory equipment and negative pressure wound therapy pumps.
Round 1 2017 contract supplier locations for each competitive bidding area/product category combination are now available in Medicare Supplier Directory, https://www.medicare.gov/supplierdirectory/search.html.
Contract suppliers may add or change locations on its competitive bidding contract by accessing and submitting the Contract Supplier Change of Location/Information Update form, found in Connexion. http://www.dmecompetitivebid.com/palmetto/cbic.nsf/DocsCat/Connexion
The Round 1 2017 competition is in the same nine metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) as the original Round 1, which began in 2011. The original nine include areas such as Pittsburgh, Dallas and Kansas City. However, the nine were expanded to 13 when the CMS got rid of multistate bidding areas, so Kansas City now has two areas—one in Missouri, the other in Kansas, for example.
Current Round Expires in December
The current round of contracts, called Round 1 Recompete, was in place since 2014 and will expire on Dec. 31.
For the equipment covered by competitive bids, beneficiaries must obtain these items from a contract supplier for Medicare to pay, unless an exception applies.