CMS Announces Contract Suppliers for Round One of Competitive Bidding

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the contracted suppliers for the first round of competitive bidding. This program will go into effect on July 1, 2008.

Click on the CBA to view the list of contracted suppliers in that area:
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
Kansas City, MO-KS
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL
Orlando, FL
Pittsburgh, PA
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, PR

CMS Extends Accreditation Deadline for Round Two of Competitive Bidding

Because a large number of suppliers in the next 70 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) included in the second round of competitive bidding have not applied for accreditation, CMS is extending the accreditation deadline and urges all providers who serve the Medicare beneficiaries who live in the 70 MSAs to apply for accreditation immediately.
The following is from the CMS Web Site on the accreditation deadline:
Revised ACCREDITATION Deadlines FOR DMEPOS Competitive Bidding!
In order to participate in the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program, suppliers must meet quality standards and be accredited by a CMS-approved Deemed Accreditation Organization. Suppliers that are interested in bidding in the second round of the program must be aware of changes to two key deadlines:

  • Suppliers must be accredited or have applied for accreditation by July 21, 2008 (change from May 14, 2008) to submit a bid for the second round of competitive bidding. CMS cannot accept a bid from any supplier that is not accredited or that has not applied for accreditation by July 21, 2008.
  • Suppliers will need to be accredited to be awarded a contract. The accreditation deadline for the second round of competitive bidding is January 14, 2009 (change from October 31, 2008). Suppliers must be accredited before this date to be awarded a contract. Suppliers should apply for accreditation immediately to allow adequate time to process their applications.

CMS has extended these deadlines because a significant number of suppliers in the 70 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) included in Round Two of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program have not yet applied for accreditation. Suppliers in these MSAs that do not meet these accreditation deadlines cannot become DMEPOS competitive bidding contract suppliers and will therefore be unable to furnish competitively bid items to any beneficiary residing in any part of the competitive bidding area during the contract period.