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Bid Surety Bonds

Suppliers bidding in Round 2021 of the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program are required to obtain a $50,000 bid surety bond from an authorized surety on the Department of the Treasury’s List of Certified Companies for each competitive bidding area (CBA) for which they submit a bid. Bidders must provide proof of having obtained the required bid surety bond(s) by uploading a copy of the bond(s) in the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program’s secure portal, Connexion, by the close of the bid window.

Bidders are only required to obtain one bid surety bond per CBA regardless of the number of product categories for which they are submitting a bid. If a bidder is offered a contract for a product category in a CBA and its bid is at or below the median composite bid rate, the bidder must either accept the contract offer(s) or forfeit the bid surety bond for that CBA. The bidder must accept the offer for all product categories in which its composite bid is at or below the median composite bid rate for that CBA, or the bid surety bond for that CBA will be forfeited.

For more information, please review 42 CFR §414.412(g) as well as the bid surety bond fact sheet, sample bid surety bond template, bid surety bond checklist, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and other pertinent information provided below.


Bid Surety Bond Checklist
Checklist to ensure that all bid surety bond requirements are met.
Bid Surety Bond FAQs
Frequently asked questions concerning bid surety bonds.
PDF Bid Surety Bond Sample Template
Template for education purposes and may not reflect an actual bid surety bond provided by a surety.
Bid Surety Bonds Fact Sheet
Information for bidders and authorized sureties regarding the bid surety bond requirement.
Competitive Bidding Areas
Information about the 130 CBAs included in Round 2021.
Education Events
Information about upcoming webcasts on bid surety bonds and other topics, recorded webcasts, and other live educational events.
PDF Final Rule - CMS-1651-F
The final rule published on November 4, 2016.
PDF Final Rule - CMS-1691-F
The final rule published on November 14, 2018.
Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015
Published on April 16, 2015.

last updated on 05/07/2019


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