CMS announces Competitive Bidding Round 1 recompete

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced that they plan to recompete the supplier contracts awarded in the Round 1 Rebid of the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies Competitive Bidding Program.

By law, CMS is required to recompete contracts under the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program at least once every three years. The Round 1 Rebid contract period for all product categories, except mail order diabetic supplies, expires on December 31, 2013, according to a press release.

The Round 1 Recompete will be conducted in the same competitive bidding areas as the Round 1 Rebid. In 2012, the pre-bidding supplier awareness program will begin this spring; the bidding schedule announcement, bidder education program and bidder registration period to obtain usernames and passwords will all occur this summer; and bidding will begin in the fall.

Suppliers are encouraged to prepare for bidding by updating their contact information and enrollment files and obtaining the required licensures and accreditations.

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