CMS Announces New Quality Standards/Seeks Accreditation Organizations
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CMS Announces New Quality Standards/Seeks Accreditation Organizations

CMS has published new quality standards for suppliers of Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS).  Issuing these new quality standards is an important step in ongoing efforts to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive quality healthcare services.  Section 302(a)(1) of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) requires the establishment and implementation of quality standards to be applied by recognized independent accreditation organizations.  Suppliers must comply with the quality standards in order to furnish any Durable Medical Equipment (DME), prosthetic device, prosthetic, or orthotic item or service for which Part B makes payment, and also in order to receive or retain a provider or supplier billing number used to submit claims for reimbursement for any such item or service for which payment can be made by Medicare.  The quality standards are available on the CMS web site at:

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/CompetitiveAcqforDMEPOS/04_New_Quality_Standards.asp

CMS is also seeking applications from entities that wish to become recognized independent accrediting organizations.  The notice soliciting accreditation organizations was published in the Federal Register on August 16, 2006.  The deadline for credentialing organizations to submit their applications is October 2, 2006.

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