Revised Accreditation Deadlines for DMEPOS Competitive Bidding
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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. cSuppliers 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. cCMS 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. cThe accreditation deadline for the second round of competitive bidding is January 14, 2009 (change from October 31, 2008). cSuppliers 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. cSuppliers 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.

Suppliers can determine if they are serving beneficiaries in a Round 2 MSA by visiting the following web site: looking up their MSAs in the section called "counties with metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area codes.”  (In this file, MSAs are called CBSAs.)  For example, the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA is comprised of two counties: Los Angeles and Orange.

CMS urges all suppliers serving Medicare beneficiaries in the 70 Round Two MSAs to apply for accreditation now.

For a list of the CMS-approved Deemed Accreditation Organizations, visit

For information about the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding program, visit .

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