The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that registration is open to suppliers interested in participating in Round 1 of the Recompete of the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program. The Competitive Bidding Program was mandated by Congress in 2003. It requires that current fee schedule methodology be replaced with a competitive bid process. Under this process, suppliers operating a particular competitive bidding area (CBA) submit bids for products. Based on these bids, Medicare contracts with suppliers who offer best prices as well as quality.
Competitive Bidding Areas included in the recomplete are:
- Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill (NC and SC)
- Cincinnati-Middletown (OH, KY and IN)
- Dallas-Fort Worth – Arlington (TX)
- Kansas City (MO and KS)
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach (FL)
- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (Florida)
- Pittsburgh (PA)
- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (CA)
Providers interested in registering for competitive bidding can do so at www.dmecompetitivebid.com. Registration is open now and will remain open through Friday Oct. 19, 2012. Providers who registered for previous rounds of competition will need to re-register to participate in bidding.