CMS sets accreditation deadline for round 2

Sunday, March 16, 2008

BALTIMORE - CMS will require that home medical equipment providers who plan to submit bids for round 2 of national competitive bidding be accredited or apply to become accredited by May 14, 2008.

To win a contract, providers must complete accreditation by Oct. 31, 2008.

CMS's announcement, posted late Friday afternoon, states:

In order to participate in the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program, suppliers must meet quality standards and be accredited by a CMS-approved Deemed Accreditation Organization. Suppliers that are interested in bidding in the second round of the program must be aware of two key deadlines:

* Suppliers must be accredited or have applied for accreditation by May 14, 2008 to submit a bid for the second round of competitive bidding. CMS cannot accept a bid from any supplier that is not accredited or that has not applied for accreditation by May 14, 2008.

* Suppliers will need to be accredited to be awarded a contract. The accreditation deadline for the second round of competitive bidding is October 31, 2008. Suppliers must be accredited before this date to be awarded a contract. Suppliers should apply for accreditation immediately to allow adequate time to process their applications.

Round 2 of competitive bidding comprises 70 competitive bidding areas (the first round includes 10). For a list of the CBAs, go to

With about two months until May 14 and about seven months until Oct. 31, "it's crunch time," one source said Friday.