|Medicare Provider Enrollment Reminder for Suppliers of DMEPOS|
Medicare Provider Enrollment Reminder for Suppliers of DMEPOS
With the implementation of the surety bond requirements for certain suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) in October 2009, CMS reminds DMEPOS suppliers that each practice location of a DMEPOS supplier must be enrolled in the Medicare program.
Each practice location of a DMEPOS supplier is required by Medicare regulations to be uniquely identified; as a result, each practice location must have its own unique National Provider Identifier (NPI) and its own Medicare-assigned Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN). With the exception described below in the Important Note, there should be a 1-to-1 relationship between a DMEPOS supplier's NPI and its PTAN. The PTAN is assigned to a DMEPOS supplier by the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) upon its enrollment in the Medicare program. (The PTAN has previously been referred to as the NSC Number.)
Important Note: DMEPOS suppliers who are sole proprietorship business structures with more than one practice location must ensure that each location is enrolled in Medicare. Each practice location would be assigned a PTAN upon its enrollment. However, as a sole proprietorship, the business is legally one and the same as the person who is the sole proprietor and, therefore, like any individual, is eligible for only a single NPI.