New Medicare Requirements Take Effect for DMEPOS Suppliers
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New Medicare Requirements Take Effect for Suppliers of Medical Equipment and Supplies - New Standards Prevent Fraud and Promote Quality Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final reminder about new requirements for most suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) to meet new quality standards by Oct. 1 and obtain a surety bond by Oct. 2 as required under Federal law.  These new supplier enrollment requirements will help to prevent fraud in Medicare and ensure that people with Medicare get high-quality medical items and services from qualified suppliers.

While the majority of Medicare beneficiaries will not be impacted by these new rules, people with Medicare should ask their suppliers if they are approved by Medicare to continue to ensure that Medicare will pay their claims. Suppliers must post notice if they are not accredited by Medicare or have the beneficiary sign an Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) before they are charged for the items or service.  Beneficiaries who need to find a new supplier can go to the "Find a Supplier” page at http://www.medicare.gov/ or call 1-800-MEDICARE.

To read the entire CMS fact sheet issued today (October 1, 2009) click here: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp

More information about the accreditation and surety bond requirements for DMEPOS suppliers can be found at www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareProviderSupEnroll.

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