Just in from CMS: Provider numbers creep up

Thursday, May 20, 2010

YARMOUTH, Maine - About a month ago, HME News used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to request from CMS the "number of DMEPOS suppliers that were active as of January, February, March and April 2010."

This data arrived last week and supports industry reports that more and more providers who voluntarily gave up their numbers last fall to get accredited have become accredited and are returning to the Medicare program. We suspected that was going to happen, but as you know, CMS dragged its feet reinstating providers. This data seems to support industry reports that the foot-dragging has ended.

Here's the data:

The number of active DMEPOS suppliers as of Jan. 1, 2010:

Jurisdiction A: 20,368

Jurisdiction B: 19,907

Jurisdiction C: 35,754

Jurisdiction D: 21,135

Total: 97,164

The number of active DMEPOS suppliers as of as of April 1, 2010

Jurisdiction A: 20,596

Jurisdiction B: 20,313

Jurisdiction C: 36,139

Jurisdiction D: 21,654

Total: 98,675