The Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program was mandated by Congress through the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 and has been an essential tool to help Medicare set more reasonable payment rates for DMEPOS items, save money for beneficiaries and taxpayers, and limit fraud and abuse in the Medicare Program while ensuring access to quality items.
Round 1 2017, Round 2 Recompete, and the National Mail-Order Recompete competitive bidding contracts expired on December 31, 2018. Round 2021 of the program has been announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2021. CMS has provided specific guidelines and reminders for payment of DMEPOS items and services during the temporary gap period on the CMS website.
To receive notifications of updates for the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program from the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC), subscribe for email updates. If you have any questions, please contact the CBIC customer service center at 877-577-5331 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. If you have questions concerning claims payment, please contact your DME MAC.