CMS announces DMEPOS competitive bidding timeline

Friday, December 12, 2014

BALTIMORE – Registration for the Round 2 recompete opens Dec. 18, and the bid window opens Jan. 22, 2015, CMS announced yesterday.

“Today marks another step forward in ensuring access to quality health care for millions of Medicare beneficiaries, stated CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

The seven product categories included in the Round 2 recompete are: enteral nutrients and equipment; general home equipment; nebulizers; negative pressure wound therapy pumps; respiratory equipment; standard mobility equipment; and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation devices.

The Round 1 recompete has saved Medicare $580 million over three years, according to CMS. Round 1 and the national mail-order program for diabetes supplies have saved Medicare $2 billion during the first year.

Round 2 recompete timeline:

  • 12/18/2014

            Registration for user IDs and passwords opens

  • 1/6/2015

            Authorized officials are strongly encouraged to register no later than this date

  • 1/20/2015

             Backup authorized officials are strongly encouraged to register no later than this date

  • 1/22/2015

            CMS opens bid window for Round 2 recompete and the national mail-order recompete

  • 2/17/201

            Registration closes

  • 2/23/2015

            Covered document review date for bidders to submit financial documents

  • 3/25/2015

            Bid window closes

  • Winter 2016

            CMS announces single payment amounts, begins contracting process

  • Spring 2016

            CMS announces contract suppliers, begins contract supplier education campaign

  • Spring 2016

            CMS begins supplier, referral agent, and beneficiary education campaign

To enroll, suppliers must provide the following on their CMS -855S application:

  • Contact information (name, social security number, and date of birth) for authorized official(s) and correspondence address.
  • Products and services furnished by the enrolled location(s).
  • Each state in which the enrolled location(s) provides items and services.
  • Complete listing of authorized officials.

For CMS’s fact sheet: