CMS Sets Long-Awaited Mandatory Accreditation Deadline for DMEPOS Suppliers
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CMS Sets Long-Awaited Mandatory Accreditation Deadline for DMEPOS Suppliers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the deadline for all providers of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) (Medicare Part B) to become facility-accredited is September 30, 2009.

CMS' quality standards for suppliers of DMEPOS mandate that pedorthic facilities, along with other DMEPOS providers who bill Medicare or have a National Provider Identification (NPI) or other supplier number, meet the new mandatory accreditation requirement in order to maintain their Medicare billing privileges.  In 2006, Medicare announced the ten deemed credentialing organizations that are available to provide facility accreditation services to the pedorthic community.  Click here to access the list of CMS-deemed accrediting organizations.

CMS has yet to announce when new DMEPOS providers will need to become accredited, or when providers in the second round of national competitive bidding will have to become accredited.  Providers in the first ten competitive bidding areas are required to become accredited by September 30, 2009, even if they are not participating in the competitive bidding program.

Beginning January 22, 2008 to assist provides with obtaining accreditation, CMS will launch a series of educational teleconferences along with Medlearn Matters articles and other educational resources.

The Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) required CMS to promulgate regulations mandating all DMEPOS providers to become accredited.  Since the legislation was passed, CMS developed the necessary quality supplier standards, but delayed in setting a final implementation deadline.  PFA has long supported quality standards for DMEPOS suppliers as a way to provide quality patient care and maintain the integrity of the Medicare benefit.

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